Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux optimistic about return from hamstring injury that kept him out against Carolina _lowres


Delvin Breaux is optimistic about the hamstring injury that forced him out of Sunday’s 41-38 loss to Carolina after just 11 snaps.

Breaux, who was in coverage on a deep ball to Ted Ginn in the first quarter, felt the hamstring go tight, and although he tried valiantly to get back in the game, his leg never responded.

But the hamstring felt better on Monday.

“It felt good,” Breaux said. “Woke up this morning, I was like, OK, I’m feeling a little better, but we’re just going to take precautious steps in getting treatment and rehab, and then get ready for this week.”

Breaux spent much of the first half on the sidelines rubbing the muscle, stretching and running in place to try to get back in the game.

“I wanted to. My heart was like, let’s go back out there, let’s get some Tylenol, let’s go play,” Breaux said. “But my leg, it just wasn’t giving me. … I didn’t want to go out there thinking about the injury.”

Without Breaux, the Saints had to rely heavily on Brian Dixon andChris Owens, a veteran corner who was signed on Thanksgiving to replace an injured Keenan Lewis.

Breaux was forced to watch Cam Newton throw five touchdown passes after Breaux picked him off early in the game.

“I was miserable,” Breaux said. “You go out there with the intent, you want to play your best ball, and you get an injury. That’s something you can’t control.”