Brandon Browner completed a successful week of practice and is ready to get on the field this week against the Arizona Cardinals.
“I’m feeling great, man,” the Saints cornerback said. “Looking forward to Week 1.”
The Saints cornerback suffered a leg injury during the preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens and did not play in the other three games. He returned to practice last week and is now expected to start against the Cardinals.
While one might assume it was a frustrating to suffer an injury in his first game with a new team, Browner said he didn’t let it shake him and views it as water under the bridge.
“I knew what I signed up for. The injury rate in football is 100 percent,” Browner said. “Everyone gets hurt. This is what I signed up for. I attacked my rehab, and I’m back to where I want to be.”
While he was laid up, Browner continued to work with his teammates and emerged as one of the leaders of the secondary throughout the summer. He was recently recognized by his teammates and voted a captain.
Browner was somewhat surprised to be named a captain since it’s his first season in New Orleans, but he views it as a credit to the experience he gathered in stops with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
“I’m a veteran guy,” Browner said. “I’ve been around the block a little bit. I’ve seen a few things in my time.”
Saints coach Sean Payton was surprised there were headset issues at Gillette Stadium during Thursday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Those things happen often. Payton said there are at least three or four games each season when the headsets go out and the team is forced to use old-fashioned hand signals to call in plays.
“There’s two issues. There’s the wireless to the QB and linebacker and then your overall,” Payton said. “That comes up periodically, and you deal with it. I don’t think it’s unusual.”
Payton added: “Generally it’s some frequency issue. Oftentimes it’s not our guy’s fault, and yet I would say 100 percent of the time, I yell at him.”
The insinuation is that these issues come up in New England more often than other places. Payton said he’s never faced issues with the communication devices while playing there.
But the idea of something not working at a stadium doesn’t surprise him.
“With all the things that are going on at a stadium, I mean, the lights went out at a Super Bowl one year,” Payton said.
Was Payton the one who turned the lights off during that Super Bowl?
“Listen, I have an alibi,” he joked.
As expected, the Saints will be without a handful of starters during Sunday’s season opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
On Friday, the Saints ruled out running back C.J. Spiller (knee), safety Jairus Byrd (knee), linebacker Davis Tull (shoulder), cornerback Keenan Lewis (hip), and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (toe).
Running back Tim Hightower (knee) is listed as probable.
With Byrd out, Rafael Bush is expected to start at free safety. Delvin Breaux is expected to move into the starting lineup for Lewis. At linebacker, Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne will likely receive a good amount of snaps at weakside linebacker.