The Saints got a big win when they beat the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, but the team also experienced a major loss. Cornerback Jabrari Greer went down with what looks to be a pretty devastating knee injury and was carted off the field with a cast on his lower leg.
Sean Payton called the injury "significant" while addressing the media Monday and said he's "keeping his fingers crossed" on Greer's status. I'm no doctor. I don't even think I've ever stayed in a Holiday Inn. But I doubt we see Jabrari Greer in a Saints uniform again this year. His knee buckled, then snapped back in a way similar to a torn LCL, MCL or PCL (or all three).
Former NFL head team physician David Chao agrees.
Jabari Greer injury can be considered a transient dislocation. Likely LCL tear and suspicious for ACL and/or PCL injury. Surgery in future.— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) November 17, 2013
Which begs the question: What do the Saints do now? Corey White showed flashes of brilliance Sunday but also proved why he's not ready to take on the top tier wide receivers of the league. New Orleans needs depth at that position even if Payton decides to keep White as the starter; something that wouldn't come as a surprise or concern to most people. But it's also why the Saints should go after the once-coveted free agent Nnamdi Asomugha.
Asomugha has a history with Rob Ryan that is well-documented and he is undoubtedly the most talented and athletic cornerback on the market right now. Asomugha was cut by San Francisco just a couple of weeks ago and is still in game shape. He's a big, physical cover corner who has a proven track record of making outstanding plays and locking down some of the best receivers in the game. And he'll likely come with a cheap price tag after being out of work for a couple of weeks.
It just makes sense. Corey White will be a solid corner for a long time and I can't wait to see his development under Ryan's tutelage. But he needs help. With two of the Saints' top three corners most likely out for the season, New Orleans desperately has to acquire a veteran presence to bolster the roster. Nnamdi Asomugha does just that.
Even if you disagree with everything I just said you have to want him for one delightfully awesome reason - to hear how many times Bobby Hebert will butcher his name before the end of the year.
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