NEW ORLEANS -- Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie sprained his
right knee Sunday while attempting to recover a fumble on a wild
play in the first quarter of New Orleans' home game against the
McKenzie walked on his own to the locker room for treatment, but did not return during the Saints' 38-23 loss.
McKenzie hurt himself trying to recover a fumble that ended in
an Eagles touchdown.
Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb found open field while
running a bootleg on third-and short and gained 40 yards before
Saints safety Josh Bullocks punched the ball out of McNabb's grasp
at the 24-yard line. McKenzie was the first to get to the loose
ball and attempted to fall on it at the 2, but the ball squirted
into the end zone, where receiver Kevin Curtis recovered for
McKenzie quickly got up to give chase when the ball got away,
but then went down on both knees in the back of the end zone,
remaining there for several minutes before walking gingerly to the
The Saints also had to play the second half without leading
receiver Marques Colston. Team officials said he had a chest
contusion and would not return.
Saints starting running back Aaron Stecker appeared to hurt his
left leg and was carted to the locker room during the second
quarter, but returned in the third quarter.
New Orleans needed Stecker back because reserve running back
Jamaal Branch was knocked out of the game with a broken leg on a
special teams play in the first half.