New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Thursday, which was good news for the team’s injury-depleted receiving corps.
Moore has only practiced twice since injuring his groin during an extended training camp practice in Oxnard, Calif., on Aug. 24, but he said Wednesday he hopes to be on the field for Sunday’s home opener against the Chicago Bears.
His return would be timely because the Saints will be without wide receiver Marques Colston for at least four games after he fractured his collarbone in last week’s 42-34 loss to the Green Bay Packers in their season opener. Colston had surgery last Friday.
If Moore is able to play Sunday, he would join Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, Courtney Roby and Adrian Arrington to fill the void left by Colston.
Strong safety Roman Harper, who did not practice Wednesday because of an ankle problem, worked limited Thursday.
Five others, however, did not participate in Thursday’s practice. They were Colston (shoulder), kicker Garrett Hartley (hip), defensive tackle Tom Johnson (calf) and cornerback Tracy Porter (calf).
Also, Saints coach Sean Payton said defensive tackle Shaun Rogers was excused to attend to a family-related matter.
Payton said Johnson, who had been practicing on a limited basis, and Porter were held out after they experienced tightness and pain in their calves.
For the Bears, safety Chris Harris (hamstring), guard Lance Louis (ankle), wide receiver Roy Williams (groin) and running back Marion Barber (calf) did not participate in practice.
Beware of Forté
Payton was asked a couple of times this week about Bears dual-threat running back Matt Forté, the former Slidell High School and Tulane star.
Forté got his season off to a solid start last week, rushing for 68 yards and caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ 30-12 thrashing of the Atlanta Falcons.
“I think he’s very comfortable in the passing game,” Payton said. “You can see that he’s a true runner and has good vision. He’s someone that has been a really good football player for them, and I think you’re starting to see him do a lot more than just play the running back position.
“He’s a guy that has a lot of skills and you have to be alert for him not only as a runner but also as a receiver. Clearly, he was a player we were very familiar with. He’s had a great start to his career and he’s playing very well.”
McKenzie to visit
Former Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie will appear at the Saints Hall of Fame Museum, which is located at Gate B of the Plaza Level of the Superdome, from 10-11:15 a.m. Sunday.
McKenzie will be available for autographs and pictures.
The Saints Hall of Fame Museum is open for three hours prior to and for 45 minutes after each home game and is free of charge to game ticket holders.