For nine years, as part of the famed "Dome Patrol," Sam Mills pulled on his black and gold No. 51 jersey
and slammed his small frame into much larger bodies, often sending the sellout crowds at the Superdome into wild celebrations.
Now, nearly four months after Mills died of cancer, the Superdome is paying him back by lifting his No. 51 into the
A seemingly minor knee injury has turned into a major frustration for Saints linebacker James Allen.
fourth-year veteran has barely practiced since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee July 29. He returned
to the field twice last week, but he re-injured the knee, this time on the outside.
In the spotlight: Free safety.
Starter Dwight Smith should be an upgrade over Tebucky Jones. He's
versatile and a better fit for coordinator Rick Venturi's scheme. Rookie Jason Bullocks has come on after a slow start to
camp. He's getting more comfortable each day. He'll get playing time in the dime package. Gleason is primarily a special teamer,
but his knowledge of the defense makes him a valuable reserve.
Saints wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim's hamstring injury is not considered serious, but it does provide an
opportunity to young receivers Devery Henderson and Talman Gardner.
Hakim, an eight-year veteran signed as insurance
in case neither Henderson nor Gardner is ready to handle the No. 3 position, sustained the injury in an intra-squad scrimmage