Since I sort of snubbed Jabari Greer earlier this week for our Sprint Game Ball of the Week in favor of the entire Saints defense, our newest series of Vicks sponsored posts gives me the perfect opportunity to make it right. Every other week we'll take a look at the injury side of things, whether that be examining players dealing with or coming back from injury or just an overall look at the teams injury report. Since Jabari played such a key role in the Saints victory over the Panthers on Sunday in his first game back from a shoulder injury, I can't think of a better topic for the first post of this series.
Greer first injured his shoulder in the Saints 31-6 week six win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Of course in true Sean Payton fashion, the nature of his injury was shady...
Have you described Jabari Greer's injury?
"It's a right shoulder."
Wow. Payton has such an attention to detail, doesn't he? After a couple of weeks of rehab, however, Greer began returning to practice and slowly began taking more reps with the first team. And the timing couldn't have been more perfect. It's always great to see one of your teams starting cornerbacks return to the field; it's even better when the secondary has been decimated by injury.
It's no secret that Greer can be a shutdown cornerback when healthy. But you don't have to take my word for it. Each week the team over at Pro Football Focus analyzes every single game. Here is there random note from last weeks Saints/Panthers game:
Jabari Greer gave up less than a yard for each time he was targeted in this game. Greer yielded only 1 catch on 4 targets for 3 yards, of those incompletions he also knocked a pass down and intercepted one. New Orleans will be absolutely delighted to have him back on the field after all their injuries at corner this year.
Sick. That's even better than I thought. So I'd like to offer a warm welcome back to Saints cornerback Jabari Greer. Please don't ever, ever leave us again.