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Fujita on crutches following water park trip

JACKSON, Miss. -- Saints starting strongside linebacker Scott Fujita walked into the cafeteria at Millsaps College on crutches Wednesday afternoon following the team's return from a trip to a water slide park.

Fujita was not available for a formal interview, but as he waited for a plate of food, he said he was going to be fine and that nothing was broken.

He did not describe exactly what happened before making his way to another room with Saints personnel, saying only that he "had a little accident this morning."

After the afternoon practice, which Fujita sat out, coach Sean Payton said Fujita had bruised his heel at the water slide and likely would miss Friday night's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills in the Louisiana Superdome.

"I know it's not serious," Payton said, adding the tight end Billy Miller also hurt himself at the water park and had a gash on his forehead. "Billy Miller will play in the preseason game. I might hold Scott back if it's still sore. He should be healthy in two to three days."

When asked how Scott hurt himself, Payton was vague.

"Oh, (he) got a little competitive," he said, smiling, but did not elaborate.

Still, Payton had no regrets about trying to give the players a chance to have some fun.

"It worked out fine and it was a good break from the routine," Payton said.

Like last season, Payton cut short a morning practice a little over a week into training camp and loaded the team onto buses bound for an area water park called Rapids on the Reservoir in Brandon, Miss.

The trip came after two long, hard practices on Tuesday, the Saints' first day back on the field since a 20-7 preseason loss to Pittsburgh in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night.

Since training camp practices began on July 27, the Saints have labored through eight days of twice-a-day practices, all outdoors.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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