Report: Reggie Nearly Benched vs Falcons (1 Viewer)

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Ok this is from our favorite internet sight that loves to pick on Reggie (besides yahoo.com.) Supposedly Bush missed a team meeting and would have been benched had Stecker been available. Supposedly the original source of this info is Jim Henderson of WWL-TV but I never heard of this before.

"It's a story that has stayed under the radar despite the high profile of its subject. Jim Henderson of WWL-TV in New Orleans recently reported that Saints running back Reggie Bush, known in the Bayou as "Jesus in Cleats," would have been deactivated for last Sunday's game against the Falcons, if running back Aaron Stecker had been healthy."

Is this true? Kind of shocking but I guess Payton has to take charge of the team. Might exlain why Bush didn't get too much playing time vs the Falcons.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm
 

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Sean Payton does not play favorites. If Reggie had missed a meeting, he would have been punished.
 

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If it's true, you gotta admire Payton's position in this. No one is above the team and he made that staement loud and clear (IF it really happened).
 
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Yeah I agree with that. Payton does have to treat everyone equally or he'll lose respect. I do find it hard to believe that this story hadn't got out before if true...although I don't think they would completely make it up either. Kind of puzzling. (Maybe Cole is secretly behind this :) )
 

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attempts to divide.

So WWL is behind this??? Disappointing.

I have also never heard the "Jesus in Cleats" either...is that also BS?
 

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attempts to divide.

So WWL is behind this??? Disappointing.

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I think you might be reading into this a little too much, NC. I don't think anyone was attempting to divide this team, especially not WWL.
 

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It was on the ten o'clock news on wednesday night. Henderson did report this. Sorry, no link. I saw it when I got off of work.
 

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Reggie better have had a good excuse for being late if it is true. He of all people has to be better than that. We do not need anything messing with our karma right now. I kind of find it hard to believe that Wilkerson or Hebert did not make any comments on it if Henderson had allready reported it and such. You know Kenny would have said something about this.
 

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Reggie better have had a good excuse for being late if it is true. He of all people has to be better than that. We do not need anything messing with our karma right now. I kind of find it hard to believe that Wilkerson or Hebert did not make any comments on it if Henderson had allready reported it and such. You know Kenny would have said something about this.
I'm sure they know about it. It's possible that they haven't said anything because they don't want to add fuel to the issue. They want the team to do well just like us.
 

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BUSH REPORT DENIED: Saints Coach Sean Payton denied a WWL-TV report that cited sources as saying Bush's role was limited during last week's game against the Falcons as a disciplinary action. According to the report, Bush missed a team meeting and might have been deactivated for the game if not for Stecker's injury.
 

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This could've been a blessing in disguise. I Feel that we need to let Deuce control the game with bruising runs.
 

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The Saints can win without any one player. Hopefully that will never be tested in regards to Brees.
 

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NFL Network aired a Payton interview yesterday following practice. He just said that he thought maybe someone has their information mixed up, but stopped short of denying it. He said if anything did happen, it's a team matter and would be handled in house.
Exactly right. I was about to post the same thing.

BUSH REPORT DENIED: Saints Coach Sean Payton denied a WWL-TV report that cited sources as saying Bush's role was limited during last week's game against the Falcons as a disciplinary action. According to the report, Bush missed a team meeting and might have been deactivated for the game if not for Stecker's injury.
You'll notice that the article does not actually quote Payton's denial. That is because he neatly stepped around it as RazorSaint said. Not the first time a media source misinterpreted what someone said.

I also heard the interview and saw Payton's reaction. At one point he turned back to the reporter who asked him the question and asked again who lead with the story. You could tell by looking at Payton's face that he was unhappy with the story getting out. I'm not sure what happened, but having actually watched Payton and heard his actual words, rather than relying on a one paragraph blurb, there is no doubt in my mind that something took place. As direct as Payton is, he would have denied it outright if it was a false report. He didn't.

As much as I hate to give any credence at all to PFT... :shrug:
 

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