ATLANTA (AP) -- As expected, running back Reggie Bush was among the New Orleans Saints' inactive players for Monday night's game against Atlanta.
But the Saints were not yet ready to confirm reports Bush will be out the rest of the season.
An MRI exam last week indicated Bush has a partially torn left knee ligament.
A Saints spokesman said Monday night the team has made no comment on Bush's status beyond the Falcons game. Bush was examined Monday in Birmingham, Ala., by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
Bush has scored six touchdowns with 581 yards rushing and 417 yards receiving.
Aaron Stecker, who is second on the team with 200 yards rushing, started at running back for Bush. Stecker's role already was expanded when Deuce McAllister suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 3.
The Saints also listed free safety Josh Bullocks as inactive. Kevin Kaesviharn made his second start of the season. Kaesviharn also started last week against Tampa Bay when the team opened with three safeties.
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These are two teams winding up a very disappointing 2007 seasons. After an 0-4 start the Saints teased us with a brief comeback and they looked like they could climb back into the playoff race, but their loss to Tampa Bay in Week 13 put the playoff race out of reach. They are playing for pride and the future. Neither of these teams seems to have quit on its coach. The New Orleans offense, although inconsistent, is still explosive and can be fun to watch. The Falcons would love to have one night, in front of a national audience, to put all of the bad memories of a nightmare season behind them with a good showing.