As exciting as it was for the New Orleans Saints to pick up a much needed win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, the news wasn’t all that good. According to an earlier report by NOLA.com’s Herbie Teope, which has since been confirmed by multiple others, the team will be without linebacker Nate Stupar for the rest of the season. Per the report, Stupar tore his ACL covering a punt late in the game.
#Saints LB Nate Stupar suffered a season-ending ACL knee injury against the Lions, according to sources. Stupar was hurt covering a punt.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) October 16, 2017
Stupar set the tone for the Saints and the Superdome by downing a punt to pin the Lions inside their own 5-yard line after the team’s first offensive drive stalled. To help matters even further, a holding call backed up Matthew Stafford and company, and then Alex Okafor and Kenny Vaccaro took care of the rest.
Needless to say, it’ll be a big loss for the special teams, who looks to have some work of their own to do after Sunday’s showing. Linebacker Gerald Hodges, who was recently signed by the team, could help, as well as Adam Bighill. Don’t be surprised to see the Saints work out some players this week to fill the loss.