Saints' McPherson hurt after run-in with Titans mascot

Updated: August 13, 2006, 8:00 PM ET
Associated Press

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeff Fisher tried to talk to New Orleans coach Sean Payton on Sunday about the Saints player hurt by a golf cart recklessly driven by Tennessee's mascot, T-Rac. The Titans coach also expects to hear from the NFL on the issue as well.

T-Rac was heading off the field on a golf cart at the end of halftime Saturday night when he collided with Saints backup quarterback Adrian McPherson, bruising his knee and knocking him out of the game.

"We'll do our best to keep you informed as we move through the issue," Fisher said. "I just hope the player [was] not seriously hurt and doesn't miss any practice time. Beyond that, we'll take a hard look at what we're doing. We'll make some adjustments and move on."

McPherson had played on the second kickoff team in the first half and wasn't slated to play at quarterback, trailing Jamie Martin and Todd Bouman on the depth chart.

T-Rac, a raccoon named after Tennessee's official wild animal, is a five-time Pro Bowler who has a variety of motorized vehicles used for entertainment.

Fisher said he did not learn of the incident until after the game. He called it a very unfortunate accident. He missed talking with Payton for an update on McPherson because the Saints coach was in a meeting when Fisher called.

It definitely marked the first time Fisher ever had to take time out to talk about the team's mascot.

"This is the first question I've ever taken," Fisher said.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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