Saints Have Final Tune Up

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Ronnie Brown returned from a thumb injury in good enough form to make a case for sharing carries with Ricky Williams this season.
Brown rushed 12 times for 47 yards and powered his way into the end zone on a 1-yard run to help the Miami Dolphins win their third-straight preseason contest, 14-10 over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
Former Michigan quarterback Chad Henne also solidified his backup role behind starter Chad Pennington, completing 16 of 20 passes for 137 yards and an 8-yard touchdown to Sean Ryan, his former New York Jets teammate.
Saints fans hoping to finally see tight end Jeremy Shockey's debut were disappointed as coach Sean Payton made the former Giants star a late scratch for the second week in a row. Trying to work his way back from a broken left leg, Shockey will enter the regular season next week without having played a snap for his new team.
The Saints also sat out a number of other regulars, including Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and Marques Colston.
Deuce McAllister, however, got his most work of the preseason, rushing 11 times for 30 yards and catching two passes for 2 yards. Coming back from his second knee reconstruction in three seasons, McAllister appeared to be victimized by poor blocking on several short losses.

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