The New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers battled for four quarters, and like many of their matchups in recent memory, it was physical and came down to the wire.
The Saints’ defense got off to a great start but suffered a big blow when cornerback Jabari Greer was carted off with a left knee injury in the first quarter. The exact injury has not been reported, but it looked significant. He required an air cast on the field.
That injury wouldn’t hurt the Saints’ defense too much though, as they contained Colin Kaepernick for most of the game and helped the offense overcome a slow start by the offense as the team won 23-20, but lost Greer for the season:
Payton announced that the #Saints have placed Jabari Greer on injured reserve & signed DB Trevin Wade
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 19, 2013
The 10th-year cornerback visited doctors on Monday to confirm the extent of damage to the knee that was injured as he broke up a pass during the first quarter of Sunday’s victory against the 49ers on Sunday.
“He walked through the locker room,” said receiver Robert Meachem, “so we talked to him and were joking with him, trying to keep his spirits up.”
As he was carted off with an air cast immobilizing his leg, he acknowledged the rousing ovation from the Superdome crowd by smiling and he waved to the crowd.
Wade, who the team signed i Greer’s place, was the Cleveland Brown’s seventh round draft pick out of Arizona in 2012. He spent 2012 with the Browns and was released in August. He played in 13 games last season with 17 tackles and one pass deflection.