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Saints Preseason News, 8/26/13: Reports: Will Smith Out For Season With Knee Injury

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He sustained the injury during the first half against the Texans yesterday and limped from the sideline to the locker room shortly after never to return. So far, the Saints haven't confirmed the report but NOLA.com says they have received confirmation that the report is true. Bummer.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Will Smith beat the NFL on both StarCaps and Bountygate. That&#39;s a worthy legacy alone.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/statuses/372070780827213824">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>YES PLEASE!!!! RT <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk">@ProFootballTalk</a>: Take two: 49ers reportedly shopping Parys Haralson <a href="http://t.co/4bpEPFQCV0">http://t.co/4bpEPFQCV0</a></p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/372089814608134144">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>WIN <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead">@thomasmorstead</a>&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> season tickets and hotel stay here.... <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a> &#10;<a href="http://t.co/dcKLdOxsAC">http://t.co/dcKLdOxsAC</a>…&#10;&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhatYouGiveWillGrow&amp;src=hash">#WhatYouGiveWillGrow</a>&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%234DaysLeft&amp;src=hash">#4DaysLeft</a></p>&mdash; Zach Strief (@ZachStrief) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZachStrief/statuses/372086696419942402">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loss of Smith makes already weak position weaker for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>: <a href="http://t.co/wgdevaZp3I">http://t.co/wgdevaZp3I</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/372085600490254336">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Via <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett">@MikeTriplett</a>, losing Will Smith another harsh blow for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> defense, but others could step up | <a href="http://t.co/o3EqTGqzbY">http://t.co/o3EqTGqzbY</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/372081020142489600">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Will Smith, Kenyon Coleman and Victor Butler costing <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> $9.3 million against salary cap.</p>&mdash; Pat Yasinskas (@PatYazESPN) <a href="https://twitter.com/PatYazESPN/statuses/372073016705826816">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> might have to throw Patrick Robinson out as trade bait to bring something substantial back at OLB, no?</p>&mdash; Jason Bernos (@Berns247) <a href="https://twitter.com/Berns247/statuses/372061401210429440">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> need to start making calls. Parys Haralson would be a nice add now that the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%2349ers&amp;src=hash">#49ers</a> put him on the trade block</p>&mdash; CJ Marshall (@CJMarshall3) <a href="https://twitter.com/CJMarshall3/statuses/372069443649536000">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Saints and Bills should make a Luke Wilson/Mario Williams trade right meow.</p>&mdash; Tom Mantzouranis (@themantz) <a href="https://twitter.com/themantz/statuses/372071063137443840">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Natl media: Will Smith will make a terrible 3-4 OLB!!!!&#10;Natl Media after injury: the Saints defense will be worse than last year!!!</p>&mdash; Saints 2nd Team OLB (@JuanScroates) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuanScroates/statuses/372069612697186304">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>A league source confirmed that <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Will Smith is done for the year with an unspecified knee injury. Still no official word from Saints.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/372069542660276224">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>You can bet your life Loomis is watching waiver wire like a hawk RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Mmcleod71">@Mmcleod71</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg">@SaintsNationBlg</a> do we bring someone new in??</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/372068659419557888">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The football gods will not relent until Shanle is back on this team.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/372061683176337408">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>With Galette and Wilson not back yet, Saints are currently down to #5 and #6 options at OLB.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/372061669700030464">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jimmy Johns @ 7621 Maple St Uptown now hiring bike delivery drivers &amp; sandwich makers. Apply in store or email Matt @ <a href="http://t.co/uT8ochzVuB">http://t.co/uT8ochzVuB</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/statuses/372061479752585216">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Oh my. Saints getting decimated at linebacker. Will Smith out for year. Galette &amp; Martez can&#39;t get healthy fast enough.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/372060943322460160">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>COLSTON! RT <a href="https://twitter.com/SNFonNBC">@SNFonNBC</a> Just 10 more days until <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KICKOFF&amp;src=hash">#KICKOFF</a> <a href="http://t.co/bRwLLLYOrj">pic.twitter.com/bRwLLLYOrj</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/372060015411994624">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/WEareDANNYCLARK">@WEareDANNYCLARK</a> Great seeing you also, keep doing what u do Bro,</p>&mdash; Will Smith (@iWillSmith) <a href="https://twitter.com/iWillSmith/statuses/372054944070631424">August 26, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Will Smith out for season?

Source: Will Smith is done for the year with knee injury | ProFootballTalk
It'll be much harder for the Saints to install a 3-4 defense if they don't have guys who can play. Per a league source, linebacker Will Smith is out for the year with a knee injury suffered Sunday against the Texans. The precise injury isn't known, but for Saints fans it doesn't matter.

Losing Will Smith another harsh blow for New Orleans Saints defense, but others could step up | NOLA.com
Junior Galette, Martez Wilson and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan all need to step up and fill the void

Report: Saints linebacker Will Smith out for the season | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Will Smith is out for the season, according to media reports.

Saints’ Will Smith done for the year, sources say | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The New Orleans Saints have lost linebacker Will Smith to a knee injury he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Texans, Pro Football Talk …

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The Saints have more terrible news on the injury front, and it's the position that they can least afford to be depleted at.  ProFootballTalk reported M

Will Smith out for Saints' season with knee injury - NFL.com
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that outside linebacker Will Smith is expected to miss the 2013 season with a knee injury, according to a source who spoke with Smith. The knee injury happened Sunday against the Houston Texans.

New Orleans Saints veteran linebacker Will Smith will miss 2013 season with knee injury, source confirms | NOLA.com
It's the fourth significant injury at outside linebacker for the Saints this offseason

Loss of Smith makes weak position weaker | wwltv.com New Orleans
The last time the Saints had all four projected Day 1 starters in the lineup at linebacker? June 11.

Black and Gold Today: Will Smith's injury, Mike Triplett's take on Saints defense - Video | NOLA.com
OLB Will Smith is out for the season, league source confirms. Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints columnist Mike Triplett talk about the Saints defense; also hear from RB Pierre Thomas, WR Kenny Stills and player tweets. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints

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Video

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