Saints CB Corey White injury a mystery; concern for game against Raiders


Sept 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) gets past New Orleans Saints saftey Corey White (24) to score a touchdown after catching a pass from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) (not pictured) in the 4th quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White was a topic of interest for the media when interim head coach Joe Vitt gave his press conference yesterday.  However Vitt wasn’t too interested in talking about it.

White left the game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in the second half and was seen walking gingerly to the sideline grasping at the lower part of his left leg and didn’t return.  Cornerback Johnny Patrick was inserted into the secondary in his place.

It was unfortunate because even against the Falcons offense White was holding his own and seemed to be really clicking.  He had a key pass breakup and snagged his first career interception.

Vitt did praise White however during the presser speaking on how impressive it is that the rookie fifth-round draft pick from this year is progressing under the complex defense of Steve Spagnuolo.

He also said that he did know if it was a knee or thigh injury but wouldn’t elaborate on which it was.  If it is a thigh injury then White could be good for the Sunday game against the Oakland Raiders.  A knee injury could be a different story and change the dynamic of the secondary.

While it may not seem like a huge deal, it’s huge enough that White beat out the once favored second-year player Patrick for the spot.  After his insertion into Sunday’s game, Patrick looked lost a few times and did an average job of filling in.

If White is ruled out this week for Sunday, then Patrick would likely get the nod at White’s position and the Saints would activate cornerback Elbert Mack as the backup.