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Knee Injury To Sideline Saints' Will Smith For Season

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Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.

The New Orleans Saints defense is going to be missing LB Will Smith for the season, according to ProFootballTalk. Smith suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s preseason matchup against the Houston Texans, and while there are no details on the injury, it’s serious enough to sideline him for the year.

The Saints defense was historically bad last year, and there’s a very good chance that they’ll be even worse this year. Smith led the team last season with six sacks, and the Saints are going to have a tough time dialing up pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan certainly has his work cut out for him with LB Victor Butler and DE Kenyon Coleman also out for the year. Not to mention, Jonathan Vilma just recently had his knee scoped, and his status for Week 1 is in question.

Junior Galette and Martez Wilson are expected to step in and replace Smith. However, both are currently recovering from injuries. With roster cuts happening across the league, the Saints will most certainly be closely monitoring defensive players as they become available.

It appears that New Orleans will have to rely on Drew Brees’ arm to carry them through another season.