Reappearance of McAllister in Saints’ starting lineup energizes crowd, teammates

The Superdome was filled with Deuce McAllister fans Sunday, tens of thousands of them roaring after every carry and chanting his name.
His biggest supporter, though, might have been the guy jumping up and down on the Saints’ sideline — fullback Mike Karney, who admitted that he was an emotional wreck throughout the day.

“I was getting misty-eyed before the game,” said Karney, who wasn’t able to play for the second time in his five-year career because of an ankle injury. “I was emotional seeing 26 out there. That’s who I play for, guys like him. And not being able to play, I felt like a secret service agent who protects the president who wasn’t able to do his duty.