Colston, Shockey Look To Return Against Panthers

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 18, 2008

New Orleans Saints' receiving threats wide receiver Marques Colston and tight end Jeremy Shockey will possibly return against the Carolina Panthers. If the pair do return, it is likely that Drew Brees will be like a kid in a candy shop, throwing the football all over the field against the Panther's third ranked defense.

The two haven't played together much, Colston sustained a thumb injury in Week One and Shockey suffered a sports hernia shortly thereafter. Shockey was acquired in a trade with the New York Giants in the offseason and was injured for most of training camp and the preseason. Colston became a surprise star after being drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Hofstra, he was very instrumental in the Saints reaching the NFC Championship Game.

Without the two, Brees has still been playing like the great quarterback that he is, he leads the NFL in passing and has thrown for 12 touchdowns this season so far (see With the injuries of Colston, Shockey, and also David Patten, Robert Meachem and especially Lance Moore have emerged as reliable receivers. Last week, Moore caught seven passes for 97 yards.

It was announced that Colston would return last week against the Oakland Raiders in the Superdome but the coaching staff has been especially careful with Colston and Shockey. The Saints will need both of the players to make a big influence on the team as they are currently sitting at 3-3 and will not play in the Superdome again for another 42 days.