The ultimate NFL preseason game serves as the team’s last opportunity to do a “dress rehearsal” before the regular season’s commencement. Consequently, it is common for clubs to allow the starting players to have a few brief plays in order to ensure their preparedness for the start of the season.
However, it seems that the New Orleans Saints do not intend to pursue new quarterback Derek Carr.
In his last news conference, New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen said that Derek Carr would be absent from the team’s final preseason game against the Houston Texans on Sunday night.
“Dennis Allen stated that Derek Carr will be absent from the game this week,” tweeted Nick Underhill, a reporter for the New Orleans Saints.
Allen’s statement elicited several responses on social media.
The Saints’ choice is very unexpected, considering Carr’s recent arrival to the organization and the ongoing process of establishing a cohesive relationship with the offense.
Carr’s participation in the Saints’ preseason was limited to a single game when he completed 6 out of 8 passes for 70 yards and scored a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. Thus, this will be the solitary occasion when Carr can participate in live practice sessions before the commencement of the regular season.