Fred Smoot left Thursday’s game at the Giants in the third quarter with a back injury, but on Monday Zorn said that the corneback instead has a hip pointer which is painful but shouldn’t keep him out against New Orleans on Sept. 14. Zorn also expects cornerback Shawn Springs, who sat out with a calf injury in New York, to be ready. Top special teams tackle Khary Campbell’s quadricep, which sidelined him in the preseason finale against Jacksonville, tightened up on him during the coin toss on Thursday and kept him out against the Giants. But Zorn thinks that Campbell will play against the Saints. Defensive end Jason Taylor said this his sprained knee “has been worse and has been better” but he made it through the game OK and should remain in the lineup against the Saints. Rookie safety Kareem Moore could return from the hamstring that sidelined him on Thursday but rookie receiver Malcolm Kelly probably won’t play as he continues to recover from an ailing knee.
— David Elfin