With the flair of Reggie Bush gone from the New Orleans Saints, Deuce McAllister is ready to bring back some old-fashioned power running.
McAllister has only been used sparingly by coach Sean Payton this season after recovering from knee surgery. Bush has been taking most of the carries and making most of the big plays. But, he's sidelined after undergoing surgery this week to repair a meniscus tear in his knee.
As a result, McAllister is likely to get the starting role in Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers in London, giving the Saints' all-time leading rusher the perfect chance to prove he's back to his old, pile-moving self.
McAllister says he'll be ready whenever his number is called.
Payton says he expects McAllister to carry a heavier load in Sunday's game, along with backups Pierre Thomas and Aaron Stecker. He also says he'll be changing the play calling to better suit McAllister's style.
McAllister, who holds the Saints' career records for yards (5,886), touchdowns rushing (45) and attempts (1,372), says he expects the adjustments to be minimal.