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Saints' Fujita Has Apparent Slip-Up

Associated Press
Thursday, August 9, 2007

New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita walked into the cafeteria at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., on crutches yesterday after the team returned from a trip to an area water slide park.

Fujita was not available for a formal interview, but as he waited for a plate of food, he said that he was going to be fine and that nothing was broken. He did not describe what happened before making his way to another room with Saints personnel, saying only that he "had a little accident this morning." Fujita's foot was wrapped, but there was no brace on his leg, only an oversize sandal that fit over the wrapping.

Like last season, Coach Sean Payton cut short a morning practice a little more than a week into training camp and loaded the team onto buses bound for an area water park called Rapids on the Reservoir. The trip came after two long, hard practices on Tuesday, the Saints' first day back on the field since a 20-7 preseason loss to Pittsburgh in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night.

· BILLS: Rookie running back Dwayne Wright returned to practice, a day after he spent 13 hours in a hospital with an allergic reaction to something he ate. "Oh yeah, it was a scary thing," Wright said, describing how he woke up Tuesday morning with a swollen lip and jaw. "But no problems. I'm here ready to work. I was calm, but I was telling [doctors] that I need to get back to work at the same time."

Wright is allergic to avocados and tomatoes, and believes there might have been some tomato residue in a sandwich wrap he ate Monday night at the team's training camp facility.

· JETS: Safety Eric Smith, competing with Erik Coleman for a starting spot opposite Kerry Rhodes, was carted off the field during the morning practice with an injured right leg. The team was working on a muddy grass field when Smith, who has looked good in training camp, went down after apparently slipping. The second-year player was helped to a cushion under one of the goal posts and couldn't put weight on the leg.

"He's gotten quite a few reps in camp and he'll continue to get reps, whenever that is," Coach Eric Mangini said.

· GIANTS: Wide receiver Amani Toomer got a little surprise from Coach Tom Coughlin -- he's not playing in Saturday's preseason opener against Carolina. "I really don't know how to take it because, in a sense, I am trying to get ready for the season," said Toomer, who had knee surgery in November. "I thought I would play in the preseason games and get my reps in and knock off some of the rust."

Coming off the injury that sidelined him for the second half of last season, Toomer has been limited to one practice a day. "I don't think we want to necessarily push him any further than that. He's done well with everything we've asked," Coughlin said. "He's had some incidental contact and jumped right back up, so I think he's done well."


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