While MRIs can give teams a glimmer of hope while they wait for results to come in, usually when the air casts and carts come out for a player, it’s a bad sign.
That was the case with Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro, who was hauled off during yesterday’s loss to the Panthers.
Saints coach Sean Payton just confirmed to reporters that Vaccaro suffered a broken ankle, and would have surgery tomorrow to repair what appeared to be a clean break.
Vaccaro was caught in the bottom of a pile, and his left ankle gave way under the weight of many large people.
That’s a bad break for a Saints defense which sprang a leak late against the Panthers, and might have to go on the road in the playoffs because of it. The Saints need to win to qualify, and would need a Panthers loss to avoid the Wild Card.
Vaccaro has been one of the key parts of a turnaround from worst-defense-ever to fairly respectable, and won’t be easily replaced this time of year.