Colston acquired such respect the old-fashioned way: He earned it. Not only because he’s a miracle of modern medicine, returning earlier this season two weeks after his collarbone was broken, an injury that can end some players’ seasons, but also because he produces relentlessly. In the past six seasons, Colston has caught 420 passes for 5,818 yards and 43 touchdowns. He is on pace this season to have his sixth 1,000-yard season.
The New Orleans Saints listed their final injury report before facing the Minnesota Vikings today — officially ruling out linebacker Jonathan Casillas and running back Mark Ingram — but their absence from the lineup shouldn’t cause more than a minor hiccup.
The Saints have been on a roll with five straight wins, however, and currently hold a 1 1/2-game lead on Atlanta for first place in the NFC South after the Falcons defeated Jacksonville on Thursday. Head coach Sean Payton spoke about his playoff-bound team during his Monday press conference.
New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper was fined a total of $22,500 for two separate personal fouls in last week’s win against the Tennessee Titans. Some of the Titans accused Harper of being a dirty player.
Hurd was a top drug dealer in the city. And Hurd only joined the Bears THIS season! Holy smokes! Are you telling me that, in the span of less than a year, Hurd was able to seize control of the Chicago drug trade AND learn the intricacies of Mike Martz’s elaborate timing patterns?
KEYS TO THE GAME: Drew Brees is masterful shifting his backs and tight ends to exploit coverage, and also to aid in pass protection. If the Saints seal off RDE Jared Allen (17.5 sacks), Brees should have all day to stand in the pocket to dissect a disaster-prone secondary.