Notes from Monday's media session with the Saints players.
ROSTER UPDATE: Head coach Sean Paytonannounced a number of roster moves at his Monday press conference. Payton announced the team re-signed LB Danny Clark and released TE Tory Humphrey. Additionally, Saints signed G/T Roger Allen and RB Brandon Minor to the practice squad and released QB Sean Canfield & Dustin Mitchell.
COLSTON CONFIDENT:WR Marques Colstonwas listed on the team's Monday injury report as "full participation" as he is dealing with what Payton described as a "bruised kidney." Colston said his injury is "no issue at all."
"I have taken all the snaps over the past two days," said Colston. "It's no issue because I have been able to practice full go. No setbacks at all."
SHOCKEY COMMENDS FAVRE:A lot of media coverage leading up to Thursday night's game has been on the defensive pressure the Saints put on Vikings QB Brett Favrein last year's NFC Championship game.
TE Jeremey Shockeysaid Monday he respects Favre's longevity and he expects the 20-year veteran to display the same toughness on Thursday night that he has throughout his career.
"(Favre) is tough, you hit that guy and he is going to bounce right back up," said Shockey. "(Tough hits) would affect 99.9 percent of quarterbacks a lot, but with that guy? I don't know. I think he is the exception."
CLARK EXCITED ABOUT RETURN:LB Danny Clark played with the Saints in 2006 and was most recently on the Houston Texans. The 11-year veteran said it took ".2 seconds" for him to agree to play for the Saints.
"I have history here and built some what of a foundation when I was here," said Clark. "I am excited to be part of the organization again."
REGGIE REFLECTS:RB Reggie Bushwas asked to reflect on the last time the Saints and Vikings squared off in last year's NFC Championship game.
"It meant so much for us to get that win," said Bush. "We had been in that position before my first year and it didn't go our way. Now, we had another chance and we didn't want to mess it up. It was a huge game for us and thankfully this time it was on our turf in our home which made it more special."
GREER COMPARES BUSH, HARVIN:When asked how difficult it was to defend Vikings WRPercy Harvin,DB Jabari Greer said it is comparable to facing Bush. Greer says both multi-talented threats are difficult to contain because they lineup in a number of different formations.
"They display a great passion for the game," said Greer. "No matter what they do, they are always going 100 miles an hour. The way they play the game is unique. People say that they are dynamic, I just think it is that they are passionate and have a strong will to win."