Colston ready to go

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:22 AM ET

TORONTO - Marques Colston was supposed to be gone for a minimum of four weeks.

It appears now his stint on the injured list will cost him only two games.

Colston broke his collarbone in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers. Team doctors were suggesting a week 5 or 6 return.

But here it is Week 4 and head coach Sean Payton announced yesterday that Colston has been cleared to play.

With Drew Brees at quarterback the Saints are always going to be a good passing team, but Colston gives Brees that elite receiver who can pull down even the rare errant Brees pass.

Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, and Devery Henderson are all capable receivers but none is in Colston’s class either in terms of a receiver or a quick healer.

BAD LUCK BOB

Bob Sanders is the type of defensive player you pay money to watch.

Unfortunately no amount of money is going to put him back on a football field this year.

The former Colts safety had problems staying healthy in Indy and those problems followed him out to San Diego where he was diagnosed this week with a season-ending knee injury.

Sanders plays the game with a reckless abandon that is on the one hand thrilling to watch and on the other a detriment to his long-term health.

He was the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2007 for the Colts but injuries cost him the equivalent of 31/2 seasons worth of games during his seven years with the Colts.

The knee injury that knocked him out this year came in week two but with his move to the injured reserve list this week, his season is over.

PAT ON HIS BACK?

Richard Seymour was not a happy camper when Bill Belichick and the Patriots traded him to Oakland.

He’ll have an opportunity for some payback this weekend. Whether he wants some or not, only Seymour knows and he’s playing his cards close to his vest.

Asked specifically this week if he was looking forward to renewing acquaintances with the Pats head coach, Seymour sidestepped the question.

“All my teammates out there,” Seymour said, “I don’t have a problem with anyone.”

Whether Seymour was intentionally leaving Belichick out or not, that’s the way his response was widely interpreted.

The irony of the situation is that Seymour is exactly the type of defensive tackle Belichick’s 32nd-ranked defence is lacking.

He would certainly lessen the concern for the Pats were he still with them going into Oakland and facing Darren McFadden who has become the scariest running back in the NFL through the first three games of 2011.

NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR BUSH

Reggie Bush lost his starting job to a rookie.

Now could he be losing the back-up touches to a waiver claim?

Bush, the former first round pick of the New Orleans Saints, has been in reverse pretty much since the day he arrived in Miami.

By the second week of the season rookie Daniel Thomas was getting the bulk of the carries. Now comes word that the Dolphins have claimed former Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton who could further cut into Bush’s opportunities.

Slaton though hasn’t been on a hot streak himself for a while now. He rushed for over 1200 yards in his rookie season in 2008 but has slipped since. In 2009 he totalled just over 400 yards and the following year lost his starting job to Arian Foster.

Bush never did develop into the every-down back the Saints envisioned when they used the second overall pick in the draft on him. The early indications from Dolphins camp is he won’t do it in Miami either.


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