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Jamar Nesbit’s suspension another blow to New Orleans Saints

Already thin because of injuries in both starting lineups, the Saints will have to rely even more on the prodigious talents of Drew Brees and Reggie Bush to win games.

The loss of Nesbit is a double barreled hit.

One, he was the team’s most experienced guard, having played in 92 consecutives games, the fourth longest streak by a guard in the league. Comparatively speaking, the Saints other guards are all youngsters.

Two, Nesbit is the team’s back up center, meaning if Jonathan Goodwin goes down he would move to center during a game. Now that duty will likely fall to Matt Lehr, who has been on and off the roster in recent weeks.

We won’t know for sure until Wednesday, but massive rookie Carl Nicks should slide into Nesbit’s spot in the starting lineup. wholesale jerseys from china Nicks is athletic and powerful but he lacks experience and will be tested up front by opposing defensive coordinators. The Saints are high on Nicks but it’s always tough to start a rookie lineman. If Nicks does start, he’ll be the fourth rookie to start for the injury riddled Saints so far this season, following Sedrick Ellis, Tracy Porter and Jo Lonn Dunbar.

Coupled with the potential loss of injured starters Jammal Brown, Jeremy Shockey and David Patten from Sunday’s 34 32 loss to Denver, the Saints could play San Francisco this weekend without five offensive starters. And that doesn’t count Deuce McAllister, who remains in exile while recovering from knee surgery.

Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis are going to have to be creative to field a full 45 man active roster on Sunday. No doubt they’re busy today, looking at free agent prospects to bolster their depth.

FOX Sports analyst Troy Aikman said during the broadcast of the Saints Broncos game on Sunday that he’d never seen a team with as many injuries as the Saints this early in the season. And that was BEFORE Brown, Shockey and Patten went down.

Fortunately, it comes at a good time in the schedule. The Saints have three consecutive home games, before heading to Carolina on Oct. 19.

Posted by saintfanruss on 09/23/08 at 4:40PM

Wow, well here we go again. I am sure by late this evening that this comment section will be full. I tell you what, if we make enough “noise” on here, maybe we can get the Saints to just pack it up for this season so all you ‘prognosticators’ can say you saw it coming all along.

I mean, after all, y’all all have it all figured out anyway. Hold on, Payton just informed me that he is anxiously awaiting your comments so that he knows what to do next.

“We are disappointed in the suspension of Jamar,” Saints executive vice president and general manager Mickey Loomis said. “We will support Jamar through this and look forward to having him rejoin the team soon.”

Nesbit, 31, had started every game for the Saints at left guard the last two seasons. He previously played for Jacksonville and Carolina. He’ll be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 20, a day after the Saints play Carolina. They’ve had a tough and disappointing first three games but if I hear one more person whine about not using Deuce or complaining about Payton I’m going to go nuts. Have some faith idiots it’s week 4. Get a clue. The team has been through adversity before and they stick together so why can’t the fan base. While I understand it’s tough to be a fan of this franchise (been one since 1982) it’s even harder to listen to fans of this franchise whine at the first sign of trouble. Expectations are high but to give up and question everything 3 games into the season shows you’re not really a fan at all. Head to the Panther’s board chumps and figure out something to whine about there.

I’m not saying don’t question but have a little faith and STOP WHINING. While you’re at it learn to spell.

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