NFL Notes: Brees, Saints cruise by Raiders
Drew Brees threw for 189 yards and led New Orleans to scores on all three drives he played in the Saints’ 40-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night at Oakland, Calif.
Brees completed 15 of 23 passes and looked almost as sharp as he did in his last trip to Oakland, when he led three touchdown drives in a 45-7 victory two years ago in the third exhibition game. The Saints used that regular-season dress rehearsal to go on and win their first 13 games and win the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Former Eastern Washington star running back Taiwan Jones had 13 carries for 81 yards and a 22-yard touchdown run. He also added two receptions for 18 yards.
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak is optimistic Arian Foster will be ready for the regular-season opener after the star running back re-aggravated a hamstring injury in Saturday’s preseason game in San Francisco.
Foster, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2010, left the field in the first quarter of Houston’s 30-7 victory, favoring the left hamstring that he strained early in training camp.
Mohamed Massaquoi finally put on a helmet, pads, and caught passes at Cleveland Browns training camp.
The third-year wide receiver took part in passing drills in his first football-related action since arriving at camp with his left foot in a cast, protecting an injury.
Massaquoi is expected to be a key receiver for second-year quarterback Colt McCoy. In 15 games last season, he had 36 catches for 483 yards and two touchdowns. That was slightly less than his production as a rookie in 2009.
Around the league
Chicago Bears backup tight end Desmond Clark indicated the knee injury he suffered in Saturday’s preseason game against Tennessee wasn’t as bad as it appeared to be, posting on Twitter that he’s confident he will return soon. … The Indianapolis Colts released eight players, including last year’s kickoff returner, Devin Moore. … The Green Bay Packers released tight end Spencer Havner, wide receiver Brett Swain and offensive tackle Theo Sherman.
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