METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says Jabari Greer's will miss the rest of the season because the cornerback's left knee injury during last Sunday's victory over San Francisco included a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Payton had hinted Monday that the injury was serious, but waited until Tuesday to disclose the ACL tear and report that Greer is being placed on injured reserve.
New Orleans also has signed defensive back Trevin Wade, who was drafted by Cleveland and played much of last season, but had been a free agent throughout this season.
Wade was signed to add depth. Payton says second-year cornerback Corey White is expected to take over Greer's starting role, as he did during last Sunday's game, in which he had an interception. Payton says White "has really been ascending player."
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METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints are establishing themselves as a complete team entering the stretch run.
Despite a 6-2 start, the knock on the Saints has been their inability to run or stop the run. They have answered that challenge in the last two weeks, beating Dallas behind a dominant ground game and rallying past San Francisco by slowing down running back Frank Gore while containing the scrambles of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
San Francisco had outrushed New Orleans by the combined total of 287-96 in the 2011 divisional round of the NFC playoffs and the 2012 regular season, but the Saints had a 92-81 rushing edge in their 23-20 win.
If somebody had told me Saturday night the Saints defense would pull Sean Payton’s acorns out of the fire for an unlikely victory the next day, I would have scoffed. No, I would have done more than scoff. I would have continued dining on the Trout Payton at Impastato’s in Metairie and might even have ordered a side of the Veal Payton.
Opening Statement: "We just finished meeting with the team and went through this game. Players will be in meetings here for the next two and a half hours. I said this yesterday, I thought it was a big win for us yesterday. Any time in week one you start off with a home game against a divisional opponent, it obviously carries a lot of importance. I think there are a lot of things that we are going to have a chance to clean up when the players watch this tape.
The one thing that has jumped out to me so far in this Saints offseason has been the number of serious injuries. Even before training camp opened, the team lost prized free agent linebacker Victor Butler for the season.