X-rays negative on Jeremy Shockey

Updated: November 7, 2010, 8:51 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- X-rays on New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey's ribs are negative after he was injured scoring a touchdown on his 500th career catch.

Shockey caught a 7-yard TD pass from Drew Brees late in the first quarter of Sunday's 34-3 win over Carolina before he was hit hard by Charles Godfrey. Shockey staggered to his feet and then walked to the locker room.

Just before halftime, Shockey was spotted walking from the locker room to the back of an ambulance while dressed in street clothes. Coach Sean Payton says it was a precaution to make sure he didn't have a more serious injury.

A team official told ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen that Shockey is expected to return in time for the Saints' game against Seattle in Week 11.

The Saints have a bye next week.

The milestone catch gave Shockey 33 touchdowns in his nine-year career.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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