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Crusader 08-26-2010 06:01 AM

Sharper may be returning to the field soon
 
Sharper may be returning to the field soon
By Glenn Guilbeau Louisiana Gannett News August 26, 2010

METAIRIE -- Perhaps the hottest story in the New Orleans Saints offseason was their version of the Brett Favre saga.

Would Darren Sharper, the premier but aging free safety of the turnover crazy Saints defense, want to return and would the Saints pay him?

He did come back, but up to this point he might as well still be in limbo because the 13-year veteran seldom has practiced as he is on the physically unable to perform list following March surgery on his left knee for a micro-fracture.

Favre, meanwhile, has been practicing and even played over the weekend for Minnesota in preparation for the NFL season grand opener against the Saints on Sept. 9 in the Superdome.

Will Sharper, Favre's former teammate at Green Bay, match wits with Favre that night in the biggest regular season opener in Saints history?

"I hope so, based on how I'm coming along and how I'm feeling now," Sharper said recently. He was not available after practice Wednesday but spoke to New Orleans.com last week.

"I still have about (two) weeks," he said. "So I have my time. My goal is to get back, and now with Brett coming back, it makes it a little more of an incentive to get back."

Sharper, a 2010 All-Pro who finished tied for first in interceptions last season with nine and with interceptions returned for touchdowns with three, has been at practice, but he usually only does some running. He wears a brace on his left knee that limits the pressure on it. He pronounced himself right on schedule for his return after a recent visit with orthopedic surgeon for the stars, Dr. James Andrews.

Sharper has adjusted his target date, however. Originally, he thought he would be back for Friday night's preseason game against San Diego at 7 p.m. in the Superdome, which will be televised nationally by CBS. There is still a chance at that, but it is more likely he will not play until the preseason finale on Sept. 2 at Tennessee.

"I definitely want to get in one preseason game," he said. "If I'm healthy, I feel I'm going to be OK."

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SmashMouth 08-26-2010 06:05 AM

Guess he's getting ready for those "remember me shots" where X marks the spot!

B_Dub_Saint 08-26-2010 09:23 AM

We are missing him. You can tell from Sat nights game against the Texans that his presence was miss. We had way too many deep balls over the middle of the field. He's not gonna let that happen, and QB's will think twice about throwing over the middle.

SaintsFan1967 08-26-2010 10:12 AM

Sharper don't need to prctice or to play in a preseason game. What he needs to do is get ready for opening day.

strato 08-26-2010 10:26 AM

Yep ..we really missed him ..M.J is not quite there yet...he whiffs on some coverage...and he looks lost ...in time my son

SmashMouth 08-26-2010 10:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SaintsFan1967 (Post 239403)
Sharper don't need to prctice or to play in a preseason game. What he needs to do is get ready for opening day.

I almost forgot. He learned that from Brat Favvvvrrrre.

SaintsFan1967 08-26-2010 10:45 AM

LOL know that's funny right there.

Rugby Saint II 08-26-2010 10:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by strato (Post 239407)
Yep ..we really missed him ..M.J is not quite there yet...he whiffs on some coverage...and he looks lost ...in time my son

Yes he did look lost, but Young looked even more lost. :doh:


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