The day after the news broke that Ryan Griffin had been attacked with a bottle 10 days before, the Saints quarterback met with the media.
And he made sure to take off his hat initially, allowing reporters to see the faint outline of a scar on his upper forehead and his nose.
Griffin, who confirmed that the injury had required 50 stitches to close a wound delivered by a champagne bottle at 1:50 a.m. June 7 at Apres Lounge, a Central Business District club.
“I just wanted you guys to see my face,” Griffin said. “Everything looks fine. My plastic surgeon must have gone to Tulane. They did a great job.”
Griffin was struck with the bottle after bumping into some men at the bar. According to Griffin’s lawyer, Justin Reese, the quarterback was an innocent bystander and a victim of assault and battery.
According to both Reese and Griffin, the New Orleans Police Department is still investigating the incident.
“It was an unfortunate situation that happened. I’m trying to get it handled quickly and easily,” Griffin said. “As soon as it happened, I notified the Saints and have been telling them anything and everything that’s happened so far. My attorney, Justin Reese, is handling all the legal matters and we are both cooperating fully with law enforcement. My main focus right now is football, and doing whatever I can to help this team and get better and get ready for training camp.”
Griffin declined to discuss any further details, citing the ongoing investigation.
“I wish I wouldn’t have to go through it,” Griffin said. “But it’s a learning experience.”
Josh Morgan is going to have to have fight hard if he wants to make the New Orleans Saints’ 53-man roster coming out of training camp, but the veteran receiver is already turning heads.
Signed to a one-year contract after impressing during an invitation to New Orleans’ rookie minicamp, Morgan has performed well during organized team activities and mandatory minicamp.
The receiver has been consistent thus far, catching seven of the eight passes thrown his direction during the first two days of minicamp and has made a strong impression on wide receivers coach John Morton.
“He’s tough, he’s a physical player, he’s smart,” Morton said. “Understands the game. He’s consistent — he’s consistent with what he does. The guys that will play will be the most consistent guys at any position.”
While there are others in the mix, with Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston as virtual locks, Morgan is competing with Nick Toon, Joe Morgan, Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones to make the roster. The Saints broke camp last year with five receivers.
While Toon, Coleman and Jones are young and might have more upside, Josh Morgan has the proven ability to succeed in the NFL. He started 26 games for the San Francisco 49ers during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, catching a combined 96 passes for 1,225 yards.
Playing under Morton in San Francisco in 2011, Morgan finished with 15 catches for 220 yards. He battled injuries the last two seasons playing for the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears.
“He’s been hurt really the last couple years,” Morton, who vouched for Morgan with the Saints, said. “When you go to two different offenses and you’re learning again, there’s a lot involved with why people don’t have success when they go to a different team.”
The Saints are hoping Morgan can buck that trend in New Orleans.
Saints secondary teammates Kenny Vaccaro and Delvin Breaux were held out of practice for the second day of the Saints minicamp after coming up hobbled on Tuesday. Niether situation is considered serious. ... Junior Galette, who is rehabbing a pectoral injury, wasn’t present for the second straight day, but the Saints are hopeful he’ll be back for training camp. ... Across the rest of the defensive line, Brodrick Bunkley and Akiem Hicks were both out again. ... Glenn Foster, who wasn’t at practice Tuesday, was back Wednesday, although he wasn’t doing any work. Foster missed all of the OTAs with an undisclosed injury. ... Offensive lineman Cyril Lemon also missed practice.