The Saints have been holding their own on defense, despite a recent rash of injuries to the secondary. And there had been optimism that cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter would soon be back.
Greer won’t be back in the immediate future.
Listed on the injury report as having a “groin” injury, Greer had a sports hernia, and he has had surgery to repair it.
The procedure was performed on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Greer is expected to return no sooner than Week 17. But we think that’s a little optimistic. The more realistic return date seems to be the divisional round of the playoffs, on the weekend of January 16 and 17.
Greer has not played since November 8. Porter last played on November 15.
Porter practiced neither Wednesday or Thursday of this week due to his knee injury.
It’s not as if the Saints have lost anything without Greer and Porter. But if they miss much more time and have to defend against a high-end passing attack without much of a chance to get back in game shape, the Saints might be better off using the guys who have been playing.