Darren Sharper looking to shed brace by training camp

Whether or not Darren Sharper is ready for full participation at the start of training camp in New Orleans remains to be seen. The veteran safety, though, has pledged to be without the brace he has been wearing on his knee since microfracture surgery fourt months ago.

“As a defensive back, if you put any type of brace or anything on your legs, that's a target on you," Sharper told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “That's an X marks the spot, so to say. So they're going to be coming at you.”

The best guess is the Saints proceed cautiously with Sharper knowing that they need him much more in December than they do in August or September for that matter. The team has been preparing Malcolm Jenkins for a transition to safety and will have depth. They want Sharper on the field but this will be a slow process most likely.

“I'm out here running around, sweating, and that's going to be the main thing to try to get me back, is just to try to get back moving around," Sharper said. "I think with this one, you have to make sure that you let it heal properly in order to not have any things jump up and have any problems later on ... I'm excited and looking forward to hopefully being ready for when training camp starts.”

Of course, Sharper wants to be on the field for the opener with the Minnesota Vikings. He's looking for Brett Favre's ankle because, as he said, X marks the spot.

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