Saints' Meachem played 'pretty much every game' hurt in 2010

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem believes he'll be healthy enough to contribute in training camp following February ankle surgery, Sporting News reported Thursday.

Meachem acknowledged that his 2010 campaign -- on the heels of a career-best 45 catches and nine touchdowns in 2009 -- was spent in pain.

"Pretty much every game," said Meachem, who managed 44 catches for 638 yards and five TDs. "But that's the deal we go through. After the third week, I don't think anybody in the NFL is healthy. But if training camp starts on time (in late July), I'll be ready."

Meachem had to be carried off the field following a postgame collision with a photographer after the Saints' Week 16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons last season. Meachem tripped over the photographer, who was on the field shooting photos, but he still appeared in the Saints' regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (with one catch for 5 yards) and playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks (three catches for 29 yards).

Meachem underwent surgery last May to fix torn cartilage on the second toe of his left foot. After being a first-round draft pick, he missed his rookie season in 2007 because of a knee injury.

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