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Stallworth May Miss Game Next Week

October 1, 2002

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Saints first-round draft pick Donte Stallworth is expected to miss next week’s game against Pittsburgh because of an injured left hamstring.

Coach Jim Haslett said the rookie’s hamstring wasn’t torn, but he didn’t expect Stallworth to play.

Stallworth said he hurt himself while stretching before the second half of the Saints’ 26-21 loss at Detroit.

``I was stretching, and I stretched a little too far,″ Stallworth said.

Stallworth also missed 2 1/2 weeks of training camp with a pulled right hamstring.

Saints defensive end Willie Whitehead fractured his left fibula and will miss a couple of weeks.

Receiver Joe Horn has a sore left knee, and receiver Jake Reed dislocated his right ring finger. Both are expected to play this weekend.

Haslett said he did not anticipate bringing anyone in because of the injuries.

``Everybody has injuries,″ Haslett said. ``We need to get some of these guys back, but you can’t do anything about it. You just have to adjust what you’re doing on offense and defense to take advantage of the guys you have.″

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