Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
A quick look at this morning's coverage from the local papers before I catch a flight to Charlotte:
A final decision on the status of linebacker Derrick Brooks won't be made until just before Sunday's game. Brooks hasn't practiced this week because of a hamstring injury. He's started 193 consecutive games, the longest current streak by any NFL defensive player.
Part of the reason for John Abraham's fast start might be his reunion with defensive line coach Ray Hamilton. The two were together when Abraham broke into the league with the Jets in 2000.
The Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan illustrates how the Saints went from having only one "significant'' injury on Monday to a whole bunch later in the week.
Carolina is bracing for Chicago return man Devin Hester.