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Darren Sharper could end up out in the cold

Saints safety Darren Sharper spent plenty of time on the open market before returning to the team with which he won a Super Bowl in February.

But even though he’s on the team, a bum knee that required arthroscopic surgery in late February has kept him from joining the team for training camp or the preseason.

On Monday, coach Sean Payton said that three possibilities remain for Sharper:  he could start the season without leaving the Physically Unable to Perform list (which would keep him out for at least six week), he could be moved to the active roster, or he could be cut.

Sharper was a force for the Saints last season, and he’d be hard to replace.  But if he’s not healthy, the Saints will have to reload and move forward. 

Still, we’re not ready to write Sharper off.  Surely, he wants to be in uniform and on the field when his former Packers teammate Brett Favre comes to town.

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43 Responses to “Darren Sharper could end up out in the cold”
  1. Kay Bee says: Aug 30, 2010 10:18 PM

    He’ll just be placed on the PUP list…big deal. Malcolm Jenkins is more than capable of filling it…or taking over his spot altogether.

  2. Percy Nugz says: Aug 30, 2010 10:18 PM

    Looks like we know where X marks the spot on Sharper, sounds like the UFL is in his near future.

  3. lions can win says: Aug 30, 2010 10:21 PM

    the lions couls clearly use him and he could play favre twice a year

  4. panteraphenomenon says: Aug 30, 2010 10:27 PM

    Florio you will do anything to mention Brett Favre it’s really sad.

  5. cusoman says: Aug 30, 2010 10:28 PM

    X marks the spot, eh Sharpie? Hope you have some plate mail to wear over that knee, you’re going to need it.

  6. Jack Factor says: Aug 30, 2010 10:31 PM

    Why not have Sharper cover Javon Walker, bum knee on bum knee. The mother and child Packer reunion can continue with Mr. Bum ankle throwing balls up for grabs.
    But seriously folks,
    Saints 37 Vikings 27. So let it be written, so let it be done.

  7. Hooby says: Aug 30, 2010 10:31 PM

    as if a repeat was likely at all when he WAS healthy, now they have 0 chance of even making it back to the nfc cship

  8. Flvikesfan says: Aug 30, 2010 10:31 PM

    If he doesn’t play does that mean he automatically forfeits his paycheck to Shanko?

  9. Mark0226 says: Aug 30, 2010 10:33 PM

    Um, did you read the article on PFT penned by Gregg Rosenthal on Aug 24th about Malcolm Jenkins replacing Sharper?

  10. Rick O'Shea says: Aug 30, 2010 10:34 PM

    If I were Sharper, I’d pay good money to have a shot at Favruh.

  11. dafish says: Aug 30, 2010 10:38 PM

    Once again I am so glad the Jags did not sign him.

  12. straightup says: Aug 30, 2010 10:42 PM

    I hope he plays but I don’t think he will.

  13. Nolabr says: Aug 30, 2010 10:44 PM

    No offense to DS but until he gets healthy there’s nothing to discuss. He was great for us last year now he needs to get healthy. My guess is that he’ll get put on PUP. More importantly is the health of Vilma.

  14. kazkal says: Aug 30, 2010 10:44 PM

    Make him a Bengal they could use the Depth

  15. IKNOWALL says: Aug 30, 2010 10:45 PM

    Oh now I get it—Sean and Drew and Darren cooked this one up so they would have an excuse when Favre & Co. defeats them.
    This means the Saints lose(this,for the benefit of those on this blog who do not know football)
    That would be everyone —-but me.
    Later.

  16. PurpleRaid12 says: Aug 30, 2010 10:48 PM

    Now the Saints have a built in excuse if they lose that game…

  17. robert ethen says: Aug 30, 2010 11:07 PM

    “+” marks the spot Sharper. RIP.

  18. clintcooper says: Aug 30, 2010 11:08 PM

    This is all pre-season theatre. There’s no way they’re going to cut the man who broke the single season interception yardage record last year.

  19. Sarge says: Aug 30, 2010 11:10 PM

    Apparently the ol hyperbaric chamber doesn’t work below sea level.

  20. PittsburghSteelerz says: Aug 30, 2010 11:16 PM

    I’m no Internet hack, but he had microfracture surgery – not arthroscopic surgery.

  21. BoobyClark 75 says: Aug 31, 2010 12:33 AM

    So we have another succesful lick of Favre’s taint?

  22. HiHoTheFlorio says: Aug 31, 2010 12:42 AM

    “Still, we’re not ready to write Sharper off.”
    _______________________________
    Again with the “we” or, in this case, “we’re” BULLSH-T!!
    Damn, Mike, grow a pair and stand behind YOUR opinions. It’s called accountability…look into it.

  23. prophet of the light says: Aug 31, 2010 12:59 AM

    Given his salary and his value to the team (2nd best FS behind Malcolm Jenkins), he will be cut.

  24. DFINZFAN says: Aug 31, 2010 1:46 AM

    Darren Sharper, one heck of a guy on and off the field; without a doubt one of the Safeties to ever put on the uniform and a sure fire first ballot HoF’er! The College of William and Mary’s Pride and Joy (sorry Steve Christie)! I wouldn’t count him out just yet but if the Saints do have to move on, those shoes will be impossible to fill!

  25. DINO says: Aug 31, 2010 1:52 AM

    Lions would put him on the pup list.. cut him

  26. Nsblend says: Aug 31, 2010 7:24 AM

    Silly… You know damn well hes on the Jets radar.

  27. philwauke says: Aug 31, 2010 7:32 AM

    purpleraid12 just like all the excuses the vikings had last year?

  28. phuckphilly says: Aug 31, 2010 7:47 AM

    Yup…This is another ‘Aints excuse for losing the opener to the Vikes. Well, I’d rather hear this excuse than Katrina and the BP oil spills…

  29. Black QB White RB says: Aug 31, 2010 7:54 AM

    Snyder will give him a job if the Saints cut him……gauranteed

  30. sand0 says: Aug 31, 2010 8:11 AM

    X marks the spot. As Packer fans found out last season…Karma is a beoch.

  31. RC IV says: Aug 31, 2010 8:23 AM

    Jack Factor says:
    August 30, 2010 10:31 PM
    Why not have Sharper cover Javon Walker, bum knee on bum knee. The mother and child Packer reunion can continue with Mr. Bum ankle throwing balls up for grabs.
    But seriously folks,
    Saints 37 Vikings 27. So let it be written, so let it be done
    ======================
    I guess the “Jack factor” must be the fact that you are jacking off when you type this drivel, huh?

  32. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 31, 2010 8:47 AM

    DFINZFAN says:
    August 31, 2010 1:46 AM
    Darren Sharper, one heck of a guy on and off the field; without a doubt one of the Safeties to ever put on the uniform and a sure fire first ballot HoF’er!
    ____________
    There are 5 guys ahead of Sharper on the all-time interceptions list and 1 tied with him (total of 6). Of those 6, 5 of them are in the HOF (the one who isn’t in is Ken Riley). While I don’t think Sharper will be a first ballot HOFer, I do think he gets in.

  33. bruce campbells chainsaw hand says: Aug 31, 2010 8:51 AM

    sand0 –
    Karma is a bitch – Vikings fans will learn that the hard way this year. And probably the next 10, since after Favre they still have no quarterback. Too bad.

  34. Pimpy the Pooh says: Aug 31, 2010 8:59 AM

    Phuck Philly you are an moron.
    1) Like the Viqueens do not have a built in excuse if THEY lose? That idiot Favre has been babbling all summer about what is wrong with him.
    2) Even coming from a turd like yourself, I find it appalling when someone always has to go for Katrina ( and now the oil spill) to take a knock on the Saints. Even though you were too stupid to make it past first grade, show some class loser.

  35. cusoman says: Aug 31, 2010 9:10 AM

    # Pimpy the Pooh says: August 31, 2010 8:59 AM
    2) Even coming from a turd like yourself, I find it appalling when someone always has to go for Katrina ( and now the oil spill) to take a knock on the Saints. Even though you were too stupid to make it past first grade, show some class loser.
    ———-
    Mr Poo, WE don’t go for Katrina and the BP Oil Spill, the media does. Listen to the damn announcers, they all play it up when talking about the Saints. It will be over the top a week from Thursday at the season opener, bank on it.
    Until the media and the community of NOLA stops using it as a crutch, it’s fair game for those of us not affected to talk about. Seriously, move on guys…

  36. Allied Biscuit says: Aug 31, 2010 9:27 AM

    The Saints know why their secondary was torn to shreds the last half of the season: Darren Sharper. He was a liability. The Saints now see it. Just like the Vikings did.

  37. PurpleRaid12 says: Aug 31, 2010 9:45 AM

    “purpleraid12 just like all the excuses the vikings had last year?”
    ____________________________________
    Football is Football, I never had an excuse for the Vikings losing that game. Contrary to what you may believe, what a fan “thinks” has nothing to do with what a team does…

  38. Duan says: Aug 31, 2010 9:57 AM

    All I got to say is this:
    Saints vs. Patriots: November 30, 2010 – Monday Night Football!
    Darren Sharper knocked the snot doodle out of Kevin Faulk! lol!!!!!
    OMG – that was one of the hardest hits I have ever seen a safety lay on someone in my 35 years on gods green earth!
    That fella was like a battering ram! lol!!!!!
    They had to get the smelling salts for Faulk – that fella was trying to play hard, but Sharper put the fear of god up in’em!

  39. nps6724 says: Aug 31, 2010 10:42 AM

    “The Saints know why their secondary was torn to shreds the last half of the season: Darren Sharper. He was a liability. The Saints now see it. Just like the Vikings did.”
    No it was missing Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter, their #1 and #2 CBs.

  40. BSPN says: Aug 31, 2010 11:00 AM

    Darrin Sharper could end “up out in” the cold.
    Great job using 3 prepositions in a row, Florio. Your 5th grade grammar teacher wants to kick you in the nuts now.

  41. phuckphilly says: Aug 31, 2010 11:11 AM

    My thoughts exactly @cusoman.
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    @Pimpy The Pooh:
    Nice name. What are you, 5 years old?
    Cusoman hit this right on the head. If you watch 5 minutes of any sports network (finally the NFL Network is shying away from it), all they do is talk about the oil spills and Katrina and New Orleans is sucking all of the attention up. They are TOTALLY using those disasters as a crutch and that city should step up and do something about it.
    I don’t want to sound like a terrible person by not feeling bad because I do feel bad but come on. For how long?

  42. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Aug 31, 2010 1:21 PM

    The media is building up Katrina and the oil spill NOT NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS. Don’t you idiots realize that?
    And unlike the Vikings, the Saints have depth…so they won’t miss a beat.

  43. Pimpy the Pooh says: Aug 31, 2010 1:45 PM

    Cusoman said this:
    Mr Poo, WE don’t go for Katrina and the BP Oil Spill, the media does. Listen to the damn announcers, they all play it up when talking about the Saints. It will be over the top a week from Thursday at the season opener, bank on it.
    Until the media and the community of NOLA stops using it as a crutch, it’s fair game for those of us not affected to talk about. Seriously, move on guys…
    ———————-
    So if the media started ridiculing someone’s dead mother, based on your logic it would be permissible for others to do the same? Your reasoning is beyond preposterous.
    As someone from New Orleans, I am beyond joyous that the Saints won the Superbowl and gave the citizens something to be proud of. All we hear all the time from amateur internet pundits such as that idiot phuckphilly and yourself are how much of a craphole New Orleans is, or how we should get blown off the map, etc.
    Look at the Bears when fans there were saying “We will finish what Katrina started” a few years ago. Totally classless in my book. Can you imagine what would happen if a team from the Middle East came here and their fans ridiculed us for 9/11? You all would go berserk.
    So point the finger at the media for using it for ratings, not the fans or occupants of one of the most unique, cultured cities in all of the world. We get sick of hearing about it.
    PS GO SAINTS!!!

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