Shockey's injury flares up, leaves London trip in doubt

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Coming off surgery on a sports hernia, New Orleans tight end Jeremy Shockey said he felt pain in the area doctors fixed on one of his first plays against Carolina. Shockey said he's not sure if he'll be making the trip to London tonight with the rest of the Saints because of the injury.

Shockey said he hopes the groin pain is due to scar tissue, which his doctor told him to expect. But Shockey also expressed disappointment that the injury wasn't diagnosed sooner and that he probably shouldn't have been playing in the first three games of the season.

"I got away with it about as long as I could,'' Shockey said. "It could have been fixed in training camp and it wouldn't have been an issue.''

But the injury is an issue now. Shockey finished with five catches for 50 yards and lost a fumble that led to a Carolina touchdown.

"I feel frustrated I couldn't help win the game,'' Shockey said.