Which Mike Peterson Did Falcons Get?

Did Falcons get the career Mike Peterson or the LB from ‘08?  

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A linebacker corps that oversaw a defense that statistically struggled against the run (ranked 24th) and the pass (ranked 21st), but lead the Falcons to stand up when it counted (11th in points per game) and losing only 5 regular season games. The Birds allowed both of their starting OLB’s to enter free agency without a new deal. Longtime Falcon fan favorite and hometown boy Keith Brooking was let go to the Dallas Cowboys, and a once promising, potential Pro-Bowl player in Michael Boley quickly exited Atlanta and signed a rather big contract with the New York Giants (5 yrs, $25 million).

Replacing a Long Time Favorite
Everyone knew that Dimitroff wanted to build through the draft and possibly even acquire more draft picks in order to restock an emaciated defense, one that already was the weak link of a playoff team that lost in the first round. But creating two holes in the linebacker corps alone seemed to create an unnecessary hole in a defense full of needs. GM’s can only mine so many starters out of one draft, even talented ones like Dimitroff. The biggest gap that Dimitroff created on the Falcons defense was the refusal to resign Keith Brooking, an iconic player form the State of Georgia. As is well known, Brooking played his entire football career inside the border of Georgia; Coweta High School, Georgia Tech, and the Atlanta Falcons. Brooking was the only remaining player to experience the magical run to the Super Bowl of 1998. 

Surprising Move
Several names were bandied about when the free agency curtains were lifted in late February (Karlos Dansby, Terrell Suggs, Bart Scott), but the Falcons made no moves and many fans began to worry about a defense that seemed to be getting worse by subtraction, not better. After several weeks of no action, Dimitroff & Co. pulled the trigger on signing Mike Peterson out of Jacksonville. Initially, it was a big head scratching moment for fans and football commentators alike. The fact that Peterson was 33 and played middle linebacker puzzled quite a few people, especially many fans. After the initial news broke to the Atlanta fans and media, the Falcons brass pointed out that he would be playing one of the outside linebacker spots. The question immediately was, why would Dimitroff let Brooking go, supposedly for age and production reasons, and replace him with someone who had almost the same stigma? 

Career Workhorse
No one can question the career production of Mike Peterson in the NFL. He’s known as one of the better linebackers in the league in recent history, particularly in the middle. Peterson is recognized as one of the hardest hitting LB’s, with a ferocious tendency of flying to the ball and punishing the opponent. He was one of the main leaders of a defense, which Coach Smith helped build, that ranked at the very top in the NFL. The Jaguars were always known for their tough, hard-hitting defense that kept them in many games and gave their offense a chance to win the game. Peterson was the main fixture of that aggressive style of DEF. His statistics over his career speak for themselves:

Career Averages as a Starter (2001 – 2008)
Games Started – 14, Tackles – 93, Pass Defenses – 3, Ints – 2, Sacks – 1

The Clash in Jacksonville
In 2007 and previous years, Peterson had phenomenal years at linebacker, ranking as one of the best linebackers in the league in terms of tackles and consistency. After spending 6 years in Jacksonville, it was assumed that Peterson would likely finish his career there. 2008 saw a clash of the titans in Jacksonville, with Peterson and Coach Jack Del Rio firmly squaring off against one another. Not much is known about that spat between the otherwise extremely professional individuals. Peterson was benched for several games and stripped of his captain status. The linebacker obviously opted not to return to play for Del Rio and seemingly both gentleman have moved on, refusing to address the issue or speak negatively about the other. Even with the benching, Peterson still led the team in tackles last year with 84.

A Perfect Fit?
Peterson is familiar with Smith, his system, and his coaching style; an evident good fit for him. Even though Peterson played MLB in Jacksonville, he has played all three positions and defines the movement towards versatility that Coach Smith craves. He is currently slotted to play weakside linebacker in place of Keith Brooking, but has played all three linebacker positions in his career. Signals point to Peterson on a mission to prove that last year was a blip on his career and wanting to make one last run at the Lombardi Trophy. He has led by example with ferocity and immediately established his leadership on the young defense from the first day of training camp. Coach Smith is surely counting on Peterson to be a mentor to the all of the younger linebackers (Nicholas, Lofton, Adkins, James). Did the Falcons get the career workhorse LB or the troublesome player from 2008? Dimitroff, Smith, and Falcons fans certainly hope the former.

  

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Boxcarar

August 4th, 2009
11:15 pm

First, First, First!!!!! I got to eat at the Harrah’s casino buffet Sunday, which is the Paula Deen Buffet. It was great.

Boxcarar

August 4th, 2009
11:22 pm

On a Falcons note, I don’t think that Smitty would bring in Peterson unless he had confidence that he could contribute both on the field and in the locker room. He may be on the down side, but still has something left in the tank. We didn’t sell the farm to get him, so even as a solid back up works until our youth get another year of experience.
D3, I don’t post often, but read almost daily and you and the Cage are what we dislocated fans have to look forward to with all of the enthusiasm and insight that the Cagers bring to bear.

Boxcarar

August 4th, 2009
11:26 pm

What happened to my second post? Blog Monster?? It was very clean and not pretentious.

THE TRUTH

August 4th, 2009
11:31 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 4th, 2009
11:36 pm

See the Bird Cage is going to rock with this one. THE TRUTH must be lame like THE ANSWER. Great job D3!

Boxcarar

August 4th, 2009
11:41 pm

DOL, glad to see you support everything Falcons.

Son of Keith Brooking

August 5th, 2009
1:44 am

Think Peterson will be a great fit. But this organization really did give the best linebacker in falcon’s history, keith brooking, a slap in the face when they let him go.

Son of Keith Brooking

August 5th, 2009
1:44 am

He single handedly carried this team for too many years. And anyone who disagrees simply has not been watching Falcons football for the past decade

Be-little, BeBOLD

August 5th, 2009
5:12 am

Most of the time, fans get upset when a favorite player is released or traded. What is the reason behind it is, maybe the player just isn’t producing desired results anymore and he should just retire and move on himself. But in reality all sport stars think they are capable of playing forever (Brooking, Favre, Smoltz, Glavine) and won’t retire, therefore making it necessary to trade or release them. That’s just the way it works people!

Jimbo

August 5th, 2009
6:21 am

According to Peterson, he was trying to rally the troops and get the defense excited and motivated during a loosing effort, and stated that to Del Rio. It seems the benching was more for Peterson standing up to Del Rio in front of the team to explain his rationale than for te actual behavior itself.
I think you have to look at the body of work as opposed to one incident when looking at this situation. I think we are fortuante to have a mentor, steeped in the knowledge of Smitty’s defense that has no learing curve and can just react and not have to overthink what he’s doing. I also believe that he is a better linebacker than Brooking and think that TD did the right thing in parting ways with our two LBs.

SeminoleWarrior

August 5th, 2009
6:35 am

Peterson will definately be a plus for the Falcons. His leadership and tenacity will be key for the young defense as it continues to grow. We did not spend a lot on his deal and he gives Smitty/BVG flexibility in scheme execution. He will be a nice mentor for Lofton and Nicholas as they continue ther evolution.

Continuity is a critical element in today’s game. When you look at the best offenses or defenses, you will see quickly that consistency and continuity are benchmarks of those organizations.

Remember, with Smitty and TD, it is all about the process. And in order for the process to be successful, consistency is critical.

ONE NATION…FALCON NATION.

SeminoleWarrior

August 5th, 2009
6:37 am

Side note. Jimbo, you have the same information I have. A good friend of mine is a J-ville season ticket holder and told me the same.

Bill Heller

August 5th, 2009
7:01 am

I live in Jacksonville – most people who watched Peterson play last year realize he’s got plenty left – his skills haven’t diminished as fast as Brooking.

shanet34

August 5th, 2009
7:21 am

brooking is tha reason the falcons didnt get tha ball back against tha cards in the playoffs he blew that last play over tha middle or they couldof had another shot bye bye brooking we got tha man big pete great move falcons

mitch

August 5th, 2009
8:32 am

Mr. Bill Heller–I used to live in Jacksonville, but I moved. Your pal, Mitch

Falcondore

August 5th, 2009
9:06 am

Peterson brings speed and versatility to the linebacking corps. In that sense, he’s an upgrade over Brooking, who doesn’t have the same range as Peterson.

Loved Brooking, but we needed to get faster on defense while maintaining some veteran leadership for Lofton and Nicholas to follow. I think we have that at all three levels on defense (Abraham, Peterson, Coleman).

william jones jr.

August 5th, 2009
10:28 am

I remember when the Falcons came out to start the game and keith brooking ran up in Arizona players face in the endzone. I said to my self that ain’t like him or us. I new our focus wasn’t there, and it should in him blowing the 3rd and long play. I think Peterson brings an intimidateing tenacity the coaches hope to rub off on young guys. Keith was not intimidateing to offenses . Go FALCONS and FOREST PARK HIGH PANTHERS !!!

Unca' Bob

August 5th, 2009
10:33 am

SCFalconfan

August 5th, 2009
10:35 am

The “loss” of Brooking 3:16 is Addition by Subtraction. Peterson will clearly be an upgrade once the games start.

Chaseolla

August 5th, 2009
10:43 am

I agree. Peterson brings speed and tenacity the Birds have been lacking. He’s a force and game changer the other team will have to account for. Brooking was a class act but not a Playmaker…

Jeff P.

August 5th, 2009
10:55 am

Brooking did his time here and it was good. He diminished greatly, so let’s not talk about him as the unraveling of the linebacking corps. Boley was a young talent that should have been retained. As far as Peterson goes, I agree with earlier posts. Coach wouldn’t bring him back if he didn’t believe in him. I’m ready to see him split some helmets.

Toiletbowl fan

August 5th, 2009
10:57 am

Peterson brings an aggressive nature that we haven’t seen since the absence of Tuggle. He’ll also be a great mentor for Lofton. I’m ready to see helmet fly this year.

William Jones Jr

August 5th, 2009
11:00 am

uncle Bob, nice link again . I really been paying attention to the cage since training camp started . keep up the good work. hopefully i’ll be in town friday for the scrimmage at Brookwood high school.

Rod

August 5th, 2009
11:08 am

Some have mentioned Michael Boley – I originally liked him too, but the coaches were starting to go in another direction by the end of the season. Also, Boley had a BAD offseason.

He injured his hip which has caused him to miss workouts and limit his training camp activites. Hips are hard to recover when they’re repeatedly getting hit. Add to that, he’s been suspended by the NFL for the first game for “domestic battery” for allegedly punching his wife.

BIRDMAN

August 5th, 2009
11:21 am

lets look again to the owner.Blank has full respect to the coaches and scouts . But moe than that they know what kind of a man Blank is and if they don’t put out good for the team then in return they themselfs may be PUT OUT .So I think they are doing everything they can .And Peterson by there standerds is a better player than Brooking.I think they have been thinking about this Peterson thing before Brook boy was let go.After all Smith use to be his coach .GOOD MOVE …Falcons 10 wins are more if they stay healthy ..GO BIRDS!!!!

Nookah

August 5th, 2009
12:55 pm

Greetings Falcon Nation!! Top of the afternoon to yah all.

Right on spot D3. Mike Pete will be just fine. He’ll have a great year as he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder all year. Assuming Lofton get’s healthy we should have the basis for a solid LB rotation. I have all the respect for Brooking but we had to move on and go in a different direction. I wish him all the best. The objective in this league is to win and we have to do whatever is necessary to get better. This is not a charitable organization, so we cannot keep personnel around forever. If you don’t fit then we have to evict.

Saw this article by Mike Florio. Makes intersting reading. Sorry I am not good at linking. Unca’ Bob you have to give me the formula…lol

Handicapping wide-open NFC race

Giants, Vikings are playoff contenders; not so sure about Eagles, Cardinals

Every year at this time, the so-called experts begin to prepare to pick the teams that will be projected to pluck a place in the postseason.

More often than not, the so-called experts take refuge in last year’s results, and that’s because the so-called experts have no more of a clue than anyone else about which teams will and won’t be worth a darn.

This year, the task is even more difficult in the NFC, given that five teams that didn’t make the playoffs in 2007 qualified for January football in 2008. This means 11 of 16 NFC teams have been to the postseason in the past two years.

Factor in 2006, and every NFC franchise other than the Lions, 49ers, and Rams have been to the playoffs the past three seasons. As a result, the NFC is as wide open in 2009 as it arguably ever has been. And so it’s anyone’s guess which teams will and won’t rise to the postseason. Of course, that won’t stop me from trying. Let’s look at the contenders, from most likely to least likely to make it to the playoffs.

1. New York Giants: The absence of receiver Plaxico Burress will keep the defending NFC East champs from being dominant, but they’re good enough to rise to the top of the division again, especially with defensive end Osi Umenyiora healthy and an underrated Chris Canty beefing up the defense. The offensive line remains solid, which helps quarterback Eli Manning play better than his raw abilities would otherwise suggest (new nine-figure contract notwithstanding).

2. Minnesota Vikings: Even without Brett Favre, the Vikings are sufficiently loaded to hold off the Packers and the Bears, assuming running back Adrian Peterson stays healthy. Whether Minnesota can win in the playoffs remains to be seen, and it will depend in large part on the defense’s ability to avoid giving up big plays — and on the offense’s ability to take pressure off Peterson with a decent passing attack.

3. Atlanta Falcons: The holdout of receiver Roddy White tempers the euphoria a bit, but the addition of tight end Tony Gonzalez to a team that overachieved in 2008 puts them squarely in the mix. Quarterback Matt Ryan is displaying Peyton Manning/Tom Brady-style commitment to high-end success, which means the Falcons could be a perennial contender for the balance of Ryan’s career.

4. Seattle Seahawks: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is back, and so is a sense of real accountability, given that the lame duck head coach from 2008 is gone. Jim Mora did a great job in Atlanta and there’s still enough talent on this team to win the NFC West.

5. Washington Redskins: They got off to a strong start in 2008 but collapsed thereafter. This time around, a seasoned Jason Campbell, a young and improving receiving corps, and a defense that could be formidable if Albert Haynesworth is healthy and motivated could surprise the NFC East, and the rest of the conference.

6. Carolina Panthers: Carolina has a solid running attack and an adequate passing game. The loss of defensive tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu could hurt the defense, putting more pressure on the offense to score points.

7. Arizona Cardinals: I’ve got the 2008 NFC champions at the seventh spot on this list — one place too low to make it to the playoffs — for a reason. For starters, they were only 9-7 last year. Also, they’ve had plenty of turnover in the coaching staff. Perhaps most importantly, for the first time since Harry S. Truman was drinking beers in the back yard of the White House, every opponent will be gunning for the Cardinals. They’ll be good, and they possibly could piece together a playoff run. But it’s a stretch to assume based on what we know right now that they’ll get back.

8. Chicago Bears: The biggest question in Chicago is whether an improved offense has arrived too late to properly complement a defense that might be past its peak. Of course, whether the offense truly has improved depends on whether quarterback Jay Cutler can continue to rack up yardage without the likes of Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal catching his passes.

9. New Orleans Saints: A stellar offense combined with a subpar defense resulted in no playoffs last year for the Saints. The goal this year has been to improve the defense quickly and dramatically. Missing defensive ends Charles Grant and Will Smith for the first fourth of the season won’t help. Playing in a very difficult division won’t, either.

10. Dallas Cowboys: Dallas has plenty of talent, but they lack true leadership, in any capacity. So even with big names and star power, they face a challenge face steeper than anyone realizes. And it’ll stay that way until they get a new coach — and possibly a new quarterback. (Some might add owner to that list, too.)

11. Green Bay Packers: The post-Favre funk could continue for another year, especially as the team struggles to shift personnel acquired for a 4-3 defense into a 3-4 philosophy. And with no depth behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a multi-game injury to the starter could spell disaster. (Unless they can persuade Favre to return.)

12. Philadelphia Eagles: Look, we put Philly this low for one good reason — to help coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb keep their jobs. Expectations for this team currently are way too high, and the Eagles lately haven’t done well when much has been expected of them. If they fail this year, it could be time for a regime change in Philly. Regardless of expectations, they’ve got plenty to overcome, arguably too much to make it back to the playoffs.

Go Falcons!!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!!

Dawson Devitt (D3)

August 5th, 2009
1:16 pm

Great Mid-Week Training Camp Day Bird Cagers! Hope everyone’s having a good week as we approach The Allstate All-Access Weekend with two fan friendly experiences this weekend, inlcuding Friday Night Lights scrimmage at Brookwood High School @ 7:30 and The Roam the Dome Event and Scrimmage on Saturday Morning. ALL FREE!!!!

Boxcarar – Thanks for the high complements my man. I think Peterson was a great pickup, certainly for the short term. He’s on a mission to prove that last year was just a blip. Great fill for leadership and toughness. Thanks again for the props. Paula Deen’s one of my favorites for sure.

DOL – Thanks for the high props. You have taught me well my mentor.

Son of Keith – There are certainly many who feel the way you do, and it was an unfortunate way to end for many fans, but it seemed to be a more mutual separation than other experiences (Smoltz,Glavine). Wish the best for him in Dallas.

Be Little, Be Bold – Good reality check. It almost never happens anymore where players stay with the same team throughout.

Jimbo – Thanks for the update on what went down in Jacksonville. It certainly was a very fishy situation; one where losing probably compouded the problem.

Seminole – How’s it going in the teepee my man? Peterson certainly looks be the mentor that TD and Smitty desired from him.

Bill Heller – Great info on what we’re getting from Jacksonville.

shanet34 – I completely understand your point and it was one of many that led to the loss, but there were many others. The offsides that wasn’t called when the fumble occurred, Milloy getting torched TWICE, and Ryan/Turner had a big off day too.

Falcondore – Nice points on 3 levels of leadership. That looks to be huge, especially with Abe stepping up with the young guys.

william jones jr. – Definitely seems like Peterson is ready to go, judging from the first couple of days of training camp.

SCFalcon – Many people are hoping that Peterson has some gas left in the tank.

Chasseolla – Brooking certainly was a class act all the way around, and it seemed to be a pretty mutual split. Best of luck to both of us.

Jeff P. – Yep, ready to see Peterson crack some heads.

Rod – It certainly was a huge disappointment with Boley after having so much hope after that one year. Something obviously didn’t mesh with the new coaches regime.

BIRDMAN – Lets hope for some of that good familiarity does well for us.

Unca' Bob

August 5th, 2009
2:01 pm

Nookah,

I tried to get on board with everyone last night but my Computer would not let me. When I bounce around sites, I have several windows open. I find an article, go to the address of the page you want to link, and right click. Click copy. Re-open the page you want to post onright click , and click paste. I try to double enter around the link to make sure it shows.

Unca' Bob

August 5th, 2009
2:07 pm

Geez

post onright click , and click paste. I try to double enter around the link to make sure it shows.

post on. Right click, and click paste. if you want to type a header, do so, and hit the enter button twice then paste.

BIRDMAN

August 5th, 2009
2:46 pm

Dont mean anything bad about Brooking . I just don’t think he was giveing all he could.I thnk highly of the man.I do hope him well with Dalles.He is not gone to a poor team though and I think Dalles would not have signed him if he were bad.But I think Peterson was a good move.I tell ya the ,O,is lookin great and they are doin the right thing with the ,D, yea they may be young but what a franchize they will help build in years to come.No team becomes the best over night ,it takes a while.Blank is doin all he can,with salary caps and drafts . This man wants a champion team and he will get it,maybe not this year but an owner looks ahead as well as now.I think though they will do very good this year …..can’t wate till kickoff. ..If all stay healthy they want lose by much when they do lose…Great year to watch them play …GO FALCONS

BT

August 5th, 2009
3:08 pm

Camp update-
It`s just been reported the Harry Douglas has been carted off the practice field holding his knee.

cutter

August 5th, 2009
3:15 pm

Lyons cut already after one practice what is this about??

Unca' Bob

August 5th, 2009
3:21 pm

jason

August 5th, 2009
3:26 pm

One thing about Brooking. While being a nice guy and a team player, He was not as talented as first thought. He was a good decent player, but not the player a SB Defense would be built around. What I would call a nice compliment piece. He couldn’t shed blocks at MLB to support the run defense, and he was to slow to cover in space. I remember a while back Brooking was rated on of the top 5 LBs in the NFL. When that list came out a recently retired LB (forget his name) said their was noway KB was a top 5 LB. He went to say that if KB got 150 tackles, 75% were coming 8-10 yards down fiels, and the resr would be piling on the crowd. I was offended. I was thinking,”As usual the Falcons just don’t get no Respect.” But as I watched the following season’s it was apparrent that that recently retired LB was dead on. Seemed every play Brooking made was down field. I am not going to dog KB, because he is an ultimate team player. He played all 3 LB spots if I remember correctly. He did whatever the coaching staff asked because being from the AL area, and having played High School, College, and Pro Football in the same town; he wanted to bring a consistent winner the the Falcon Fans. He understood the team’s History.

Unca' Bob

August 5th, 2009
3:27 pm

cutter,

I hope it has something to do with R Whites return.

jason

August 5th, 2009
3:29 pm

We just went from 3 dependable WRs to 1 in a matter of 4 days. We need to RW in camp now. D3, you think this might force TD’s hand on offering more money to RW? Especially if (Knock on wood) HD’s injury is season ending. Also hold the phone on Finn being cut. Aaron Kelly really needs to step up and shine.

CBrass

August 5th, 2009
3:32 pm

D3,

Another great read. I think bringing in Pete was a great move. He knows what Smitty wants in his defensive scheme and he’s the leader that the young guys lead. Brooking is a great guy and there’s no denying that but he wasn’t the type of player that would fit Smitty or BVG system and most importantly(at least to me) teams didn’t fear him. If a team does not fear a defensive player they’re going to go after that player. I do wish Brooking the best but it was time to move on.

Nookah,

Thanks for the article my friend. It’s a great read. For Matty to be compared to Tom Brady says a lot about him.

BT,

Are you serious?!?! Carted off?!?! This doesn’t sound good at all!!! I hope HD is ok and it’s nothing serious!!! Roddy needs to get his a$$ on the field now!!!!

SPS

August 5th, 2009
3:32 pm

If Douglas is out, that gives White some additional bargaining leverage. It also improves the chances of Thomas Brown making the team as a punt returner.

CBrass

August 5th, 2009
3:36 pm

Unca’ Bob

I hope with them cutting that receiver after just one day means that Roddy is on his way back.

jason,

I hope to God it’s not season ending. But it didn’t sound good that he wasn’t able to stand on his own!!!!

jason

August 5th, 2009
3:43 pm

CBras, me too, but that is the life of the NFL. That would really hurt what was looking like a strong point of our team, the WR position. Damn, we really need for both Kelly and Bergeron to keep stepping up, and proving that they belong in the NFL.

BIRDMAN

August 5th, 2009
3:49 pm

DANG IT.Hope Douglas is alright .Being carted off don’t sound good at all .I realy thought he was the extra bomb shell the ,O, had .

BIRDMAN

August 5th, 2009
3:51 pm

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Sarah B

August 5th, 2009
3:52 pm

NOOOOOOO!!! HD down!!! This cannot be! RW must return now. Although things like this are why sometimes Veteran’s hold out just so they don’t have to go to camp.

Was really enjoying Mike Florio’s paragraph on us until I got to the Giggles Funtime coach bit. Then I laughed out loud. He must be sucking up to keep getting interviews in Seattle.

CBrass

August 5th, 2009
3:56 pm

Sarah B,

How are you going today?!?!

jason,

I we can do is hope and pray at this point that it’s nothing serious. Not only is HD a good football player he seems to be a good person and I hate to see bad things happen to good people. This is the time for those young receivers to step up and show they belong. I like Kelly because of his size.

Sarah B

August 5th, 2009
3:57 pm

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

There’s some news out of Atlanta that has the potential to be very significant.

Wide receiver Harry Douglas was carted off the field after suffering an injury to his left leg. No official word on the extent of the injury yet, but it’s a cause for concern.

The Falcons have big plans for the second-year receiver, who also has been used as a returner. Douglas had been working with the first-team offense as Roddy White continues his contract holdout. Even with White, the Falcons viewed Douglas as someone they wanted in their top three receivers, along with returning starter Michael Jenkins.

Sarah B

August 5th, 2009
3:58 pm

Good CBrass and yourself???

CBrass

August 5th, 2009
4:00 pm

I know this is not Falcons related(or maybe it is) but looks like Reggie Bush is hurting again.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp09/news/story?id=4378908

BIRDMAN

August 5th, 2009
4:11 pm

sounds like New Orleans may have some probs also

Unca' Bob

August 5th, 2009
4:12 pm

A Houston Texan CB broke his leg.

row3

August 5th, 2009
4:14 pm

I got to attend training camp Sun. Peterson was very vocal during warm-ups and special team drills. You could hear him motivating the other players on the field. He seems like a natural born leader.