Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Colston's injury status
By Tom Carpenter
UPDATE: Expectations for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston should be tempered. Colston finally returned to practice Monday, but he's still not 100 percent, and a sore foot could hamper the start of his season.
"That's OK," Colston told Larry Holder of NOLA.com. "I'm working towards it. I still have couple of weeks yet (until the regular-season opener vs. Atlanta). I'm still taking my time with it."
Colston continually deflected questions regarding when he will be able to play.
"Again, just trying to be cautious and take my time knowing that we've got a long season to play," Colston said. "Just making sure I'm 100 percent ready to go when I'm out here full time."
Colston isn't likely to play in the next preseason game against Houston or possibly the following Thursday at Miami. Colston's reference to a "long season" may indicate he's not even sure he'll be ready for the start of the season. As Colston continues to practice, the signs of him being ready for the season are more encouraging. But, he's going to take his time and make sure he's ready for the long haul.
There hasn't been much chatter about Marques Colston this summer. In recent weeks that may because he's been sidelined through the New Orleans Saints' first two preseason games due to a sore foot, but he returned to practice on Monday, according to Bradley Handwerger of WWLTV.com.
Neither Colston nor coach Sean Payton have gotten into the details of that injury, and it's not clear how much practice work he got in Monday, but there has to be some general concern that this foot malady is related to the plantar fasciitis that troubled him throughout the 2012 campaign. They may just be being cautious with their top WR, though. He is expected to be ready for the regular season.
Despite that foot ailment last season, Colston didn't miss a game and racked up his fourth straight 1,000-yard campaign, while catching double-digit TDs for the first time since 2007. Even granting that he's 30 years old and has had trouble staying out of the infirmary in recent years, his ADP as the 14th wide receiver off the board -- behind guys who have their own question marks like Wes Welker (role, TD production), Victor Cruz (health) and Randall Cobb (health) -- leaves him as a somewhat undervalued and safe WR2 pick.