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Saints lose Alex Okafor for season due to torn Achilles, report says

Okafor has been a big free agent pickup, but now sees his 2017 season end.

NFL: Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

While many are likely still riding the high from Sunday’s victory over the Washington Redskins, it wasn’t all good for the New Orleans Saints. According to a Monday morning report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, free agent defensive end Alex Okafor’s season is over due to a torn Achilles.

This was the play that Okafor was injured on (the Jeremy Sprinkle touchdown).

Okafor was treated on the field, and was helped off with assistance. After a short stay on the trainer’s table, he took a cart to the locker room.

It’s a big blow for the Saints defensive line, as Okafor has been a solid presence in both run defense and pass rushing. Look for a committee approach for the defensive end presence opposite of Cameron Jordan, with Trey Hendrickson likely being the primary beneficiary. The Saints also have Hau’oli Kikaha and Al-Quadin Muhammad, but don’t be surprised if the team signs a free agent to help here.