The New Orleans Saints are hoping a for a rebound season in 2013. Head Coach Sean Payton is back, and with Rob Ryan now assuming control of a defense that finshed the 2012 season among the worst in NFL history, it won’t be hard for the Saints to show significant improvement. That is, as long as they’re able to field 11 players on defense, which at this rate, they won’t even have 11 defenders to play.
Payton announced today that defensive end Kenyon Coleman has been lost with a season-ending chest injury. Coleman was being counted on for depth on an already-thin defensive line. Ryan brought Coleman from the Dallas Cowboys to New Orleans to upgrade the team’s poor run defense. Ryan called Coleman the best run-stopping 3-4 defensive end in the league.
The Saints have already lost a projected starter at linebacker in Victor Butler for the season with a torn ACL, as well as his replacement, Martez Wilson for several weeks with an elbow injury.
Payton also announced today that receiver Joe Morgan has a torn meniscus and a partially torn ACL, and will undergo surgery today.
Morgan was being counted on as a third receiver this year.