Injury Bug Continues To Plague Saints

Paul DavisCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2008

Saints rookie Defensive Tackle Sedrick Ellis will miss 2 to 4 weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus.  Ellis said he heard a click in his knee yesterday in practice.

Ellis adds to a seemingly growing list of injuries on the team.  Tight End Jeremy Shockey, Wide Receivers Marques Colston and David Patten, and Cornerback Aaron Glenn are all out for Monday night's match-up against the Minnesota Vikings.

The major question isn't how long he will be out but how long it will take for him to get back to his playing strength.  Knee surgery on a 300 pound body could hinder his performance.  Ellis is a strong guy and a dedicated player, but a young player could push too hard to come back and affect his performance even more.

Can fellow defensive tackles Kendrick Clancy, Antwan Lake, and Brian Young step up in his place?  Opposing teams have run up the middle with little trouble this season against the Saints.  With Defensive End Will Smith coming off the end, Ellis has been double teamed quite often this season.  This tactic has allowed running backs to burst through the middle.

The Saints released Defensive Tackle Alvin McKinley two weeks ago to sign the later released and resigned Quarterback Joey Harrington.  The team is a bit thin at tackle on the roster, and with a game against the one of the NFL's best running backs in Adrian Peterson, there is cause for concern.

The Vikings possess the 6th ranked running game in the NFL.  Now they are playing against the league's 20th ranked run defense in the Saints, who are now without their key run stopper.  This could be another close game; hopefully it won't be yet another heartbreaking loss that has been present in this young season.