Saints Payton Plan To Use Reggie Bush More, Thomas's Ankle Injury Still Limited Activity
Written by  // Friday, 03 December 2010 12:55 //

Saints coach Sean Payton said he plans to use Reggie Bush more each week and talked about their plans for playing in near-freezing weather in Cincinnati on Sunday.

In his first game back after missing playing time since Week 2 with a broken fibula, Bush fumbled returning a punt and dropped a certain touchdown pass, costing the Saints 11 points.

Payton met with the media after Thursday's practice. His comments:

Q: You used Reggie Bush in a limited role in Dallas. Is that the plan, to phase him back into the offense slowly?
A: Yes. Each week we'll try to get more and more work. When we went into that game, we knew that it was going to be our plan. You don't know how many snaps you're going to have or how many that will involve him, but we'll continue to do that and definitely add more to his plate.
Q: How are you preparing for a game in freezing weather?
A: We've done wet-ball drills in training camp and that's part of the process. With the wind and temperature, it's not as easy as going inside to prepare to play inside. More than anything else, it's understanding that it still comes down to having that balance, being able to rush the football if wind is a factor. That came up this season at San Francisco. I use that game as a god example because the wind can affect your passing game more than temperature. That was a game where the way we played those quarters was different because of the significant wind. You just have to as a coach be ready to adjust if the elements call for it.

Q: Would you bring a bunch of different types of cleats?
A: This is a field turf field, so it's a little different. It's a surface that's artificial so there's a little bit more consistency than if you were going to be playing on a grass field where you might bring a few pairs. But we've been on this field before in the preseason and played there before so you know the surface is a little bit more predictable.

Q: You have a player earlier in the year with some tweets between Darren Sharper and members of the Vikings. Have you had to monitor any of his messages this  week?
A: No. I've paid a little bit of attention to it this week, but I don't think it's been anything like what we had in preseason. It hasn't been a real big issue.

Q:Do you have a policy of that at all?
A: When our players tweet, or when you guys tweet, these are statements, those are announcements. Those are small press conferences and that's all we say. It's different than if they were sitting right here and addressing the media. When they tweet a message, it's no different than sitting down in front of a group of reporters. That's all and we'll just be smart about it.

Q: Would you fine for guys for tweets?
A: We haven't had to. By and large it hasn't been a big issue.{sidebar id=4}

Thursday's injury report: LB Anthony Waters (ankle) was limited and RB PierreThomas (ankle) was limited. RB Ladell Betts (neck) did not  practice.

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by Ed Staton
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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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