The New Orleans Saints offense and defense should get a boost this Sunday


November 28, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson (19) carries the ball against the New York Giants during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

For this Sunday’s match-up between the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs, the Black & Gold should get some impact players back after missing last week.

Interim head coach Aaron Kromer announced that both wide receiver Devery Henderson and cornerback Johnny Patrick practiced fully after suffering injuries in the Washington Redskins game that held them out of last Sunday’s game.

Henderson had been diagnosed with a concussion following a collision that left the Mercedes-Benz Superdome silent as he lay motionless for a few moments.  Patrick had a collision during the game as well trying to breakup a pass and injured his thigh.

Both players will have an impact this Sunday since Henderson is someone who quarterback Drew Brees said is extremely valuable because of his knowledge of the offense and the ability to play all the receiver positions, including stretching the field.

Patrick, who won the starting nickle cornerback spot, will be welcomed back to a secondary that has struggled the past two games.  Rookie Corey White has been making some progress but lacks some of the experience that Patrick brings to the table.

Kromer said that Henderson is surely set to play and Patrick, barring a setback, should be ready to go.  If for some reason Patrick can’t play, then recently re-signed Elbert Mack could see some playing time this weekend along with White.