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Joe Morgan: Don’t blame Kenny Vaccaro for season-ending injury

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The rash of season-ending injuries making their way through NFL training camps struck the New Orleans Saints twice this week as receiver Joe Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman went down with injuries.

Morgan is one of a string of players, including Arrelious Benn, Danario Alexander and Bryan Bulaga, to suffer damaged ACLs this week and have their season come to an end before it even gets underway.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, a tackle from first-round draft pick Kenny Vaccaro caused the injury to Morgan. Vaccaro has been noted as bringing a physical presence to Saints’ practices, but Morgan says Vaccaro isn’t to blame for the end of his season.

“Don’t blame @KennyVaccaro4 It was a routine tackle. I admire how feisty a player he is too. He’s going be great for us,” Morgan tweeted.

Whether the new rules governing contact in practices are having an adverse effect on injuries remains unclear. However, Morgan’s injury is a reminder that sometimes injuries in football can just be freak occurrences that no amount of legislation will be able to avoid.

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12 Responses to “Joe Morgan: Don’t blame Kenny Vaccaro for season-ending injury”
  1. ronrivers says: Aug 8, 2013 1:12 AM

    There have been a lot of leg injuries this season. I’d like to see if there’s a correlation between leg injuries of the last few years and concussion awareness… Could be that players are tackling lower to avoid helmet hitting penalties.

  2. ronrivers says: Aug 8, 2013 1:13 AM

    *off-season!

  3. elwaysagenius says: Aug 8, 2013 1:33 AM

    Thanks to his reassurance, I’m not going to place blame for this freak accident

  4. ruthlssjag says: Aug 8, 2013 1:34 AM

    In the back of his mind, he’s like damn u @KennyVaccaro.

  5. jason1980 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:41 AM

    Get well Joe, you’re good for us too, and a class act.

  6. nopepper123 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:32 AM

    Hook’em Kenny!!!

  7. shaggyjeff says: Aug 8, 2013 2:47 AM

    Wrong answer…something is obviously wrong here…

    Too much trying to avoid contact putting stress on knees..
    OR…not enough off season hitting and work outs
    OR …PEDs

    Not sure but something is clearly wrong.

  8. saintsfan26 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:57 AM

    Kenny Vaccaro has now caused more season ending injuries than the entire 3 year ALLEGED Bounty Program that never existed with the Saints.

  9. silentcount says: Aug 8, 2013 3:03 AM

    In other words, if the rules weren’t so strict, the players could have more team organized conditioning activities in the off season. Thereby, making injuries less likely when contact drills begin in training camp.

  10. noring4youstill says: Aug 8, 2013 9:37 AM

    Hey Rookie it’s effeing camp! A saints fan

  11. saintdatazz says: Aug 9, 2013 1:41 AM

    they are putting so much emphasis on how to tackle but have forgotten to teach how to take a tackle

  12. seenoland54 says: Aug 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    Every year these guys get bigger, faster, and stronger. There comes a point where you push the human body to the edge of its limits, we’re probably going to see a lot more of this kind of thing as all the technology used to train takes them to that edge and over.

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