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New Orleans running backs take center stage against T.O.-less Dallas
by Associated Press
August 21, 2006
Updated: 1 hour, 57 minutes ago
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints have their first chance to see what type of problems Deuce McAllister and versatile rookie running back Reggie Bush can cause an opposing defense.
And football fans across the country will get to see it on national TV as the Saints host the Dallas Cowboys at what is essentially a neutral stadium in Shreveport, La., on Monday night.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how teams play us and see how things play out,” said McAllister, who will get the first real test of his surgically repaired knee.
Bush already has one good NFL highlight under his belt — a 44-yard gain during which he reversed field on a broken play during his first exhibition game against Tennessee last week. McAllister, the Saints’ all-time leading rusher with 4,529 yards, hasn’t played since Week 5 of 2005, when he tore a ligament in his right knee.
He has looked strong in practice, however, and was kept out of the preseason opener Aug. 12 for precautionary reasons.