METAIRIE, La. (AP) - For much of the past five seasons, Saints
coach Sean Payton could always rely on the consistency and health
of his offensive line.
But as New Orleans gets ready for its game at Jacksonville on
Sunday, Payton's offensive line likely will welcome two new
starters, thanks to a run on injuries in the Saints' Sept. 25 win
against the Texans.
Both center Olin Kreutz (left knee) and right tackle Zach Strief
(right leg) did not practice Wednesday, meaning Brian de la Puente
and second-year player Charles Brown were getting work at positions
with the first team.
While the offensive linemen were out, receiver Marques Colston
was back at practice for the first time since breaking his
collarbone Sept. 8. Payton says Colston will play on Sunday after
missing two games.