Black and Gold Report: December 17, 2008

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IDecember 17, 2008

First things first.

Reggie Bush is done, for the season at least. Bush sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the Saints' game against the Chicago Bears Thursday night. He originally injured it against the Carolina Panthers earlier this season and needed surgery on it.

The Saints still have to play the winless Detroit Lions and the playoff-bound Panthers.

Head Coach Sean Payton said Bush's knee does not need surgery this time, just a little R and R, he also said that if the team were still in playoff contention, then he wouldn't have place Bush on IR.

Saints' spokesman Greg Bensel confirmed Wednesday owner Tom Benson underwent surgery December 10 to remove a cancerous growth on his left kidney. Bensel said in a statement released by the team. Benson is under the primary care of his personal physician and Saints team doctor, John R. Amoss, who said he expects a full recovery.

"It was diagnosed as early-stage renal cell cancer, and the prognosis for this type of cancer removed at this stage is excellent," said Amoss. "We anticipate a full and complete recovery, and he will not need any radiation or chemotherapy."

The 81-year old is at home, and will miss the team's trip to Detroit, but will be back at the office next week sometime.