New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem played most of the 2010 season with a injury to his ankle that required surgery this off-season.
Meachem told the Sporting News recently when asked how much the injury hampered him in 2010.
"Pretty much the whole season. But that’s the deal we go through. After the third week, I don’t think anybody in the NFL is healthy. But if training camp starts on time, I’ll be ready."
It’s just another one of the injuries that plagued the Super Bowl champions last season. Making the 11 wins they had last season even more impressive, all things considered.
Meachem had 44 receptions last year, just one less than he had in 2009, but his touchdown receptions dipped from nine to five. He is one the players that the Saints need to be healthy and ready to go this season if they plan on making another run at the Lombardi Trophy.
Drew Brees said recently that most of the Saints players were playing with injuries last season, even though they didn’t miss much time because of them.
Players play all the time with injuries that the average fans don’t even realize. They just strap it up and go.
I for one think this year the Saints are getting back to the mentality that led them to the Super Bowl, gearing up for another epic run.
There are only a few starters that are unrestricted free agents like Lance Moore, Jermon Bushrod, David Thomas and Zach Strief.
But most of the players that need to be resigned are role players, and all of them have been offered free agent contract tenders.
I’m ready for the owners and players to get it all together and get ready to rumble once again. The NFL is the most profitable sport in history, lets hope this 9.4 billion dollar scramble doesn’t change that.