|Deuce McAllister leaves the field after hurting his knee Monday night and said he could "feel it kind of giving way a little bit." (ALEX BRANDON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Saints lose McAllister for season
Saints running back Deuce McAllister will miss the rest of the season after tearing a knee ligament in Monday night's game against the Titans.
McAllister said an MRI yesterday confirmed his worst fears: He tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in New Orleans's 31-14 loss to Tennessee.
"I didn't want to believe, but just taking that walk to the locker room you could feel it just kind of giving way a little bit," he said.
"And that was just kind of reminiscent of how the other one felt," he added, referring to a 2005 injury.
The reeling Saints (0-3) also said starting cornerback Jason David will miss 4-6 weeks after fracturing his left forearm Monday night.
Coach Sean Payton said he hasn't decided who will start in David's place when New Orleans returns to action at home against the Panthers Oct. 7.
McAllister's latest injury occurred when he landed awkwardly after catching a short pass from Drew Brees in the second quarter. McAllister said there was also some damage to his medial collateral ligament.
Five games into the 2005 season, McAllister tore his right ACL during a run in Green Bay. After reconstructive surgery, he returned to rush for 1,057 yards in 2006, helping the Saints to the NFC South title and starring in their playoff victory over Philadelphia.
The 28-year-old McAllister can only hope he can come back again and regain the form that made him the Saints' all-time leading rusher with 5,678 yards and 44 touchdowns.
"Will you ever be the same? Will you ever be the back that you once were? Those are the different thoughts that obviously run through your mind as a player," McAllister said.
Vick indictedAs expected, Michael Vick and three co-defendants were indicted by a grand jury in Sussex, Va., on state charges related to a dogfighting ring operated on Vick's property.
Vick, who already pleaded guilty in federal court to a dogfighting conspiracy charge and is awaiting sentencing Dec. 10, was indicted on one count of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and one count of engaging in or promoting dogfighting. Each count is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.
Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter asked that the four be arraigned Oct. 3 and requested that each be released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.
"We are disappointed these charges were filed in Surry County since it is the same conduct covered by the federal indictment for which Mr. Vick has already accepted full responsibility" and pleaded guilty, Billy Martin, one of Vick's attorneys, said in a statement.
Martin said Vick's legal team would examine the charges "to ensure that he is not held accountable for the same conduct twice."