// Saturday, 16 August 2014 01:02 //

Luke McCown wasn’t quite himself during the preseason opener against the Rams.

The bandage wrapped around his pinky, which he dislocated four days earlier, prevented him from doing everything he wanted to do.

The New Orleans Saints altered their game plan because of his pinky. The pinky altered his throws.

“We wanted to protect that a little bit. Now we’re two weeks (removed from the injury),” McCown said. “It was a little more normal tonight -- able to throw the ball with a little more zip and accuracy.

It showed. With Drew Brees sidelined with a left oblique injury, Friday night’s 31-24 win over the Tennessee Titans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome marked the second round of the backup quarterback battle between McCown and Ryan Griffin.

Where McCown (12 of 20 passes for 117 yards with two touchdowns) picked apart the defense on a consistent flow of short or immediate passes, Griffin (13 of 19 for 179 yards with two touchdowns) put some air under the ball and picked up yards in bunches.

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