Wilson hurt, Saints run short on pass-rushers


The Saints lost perhaps their best hope for a 3-4 pass-rusher when Victor Butler tore his ACL in OTAs.

Now, the problem may be getting worse.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, outside linebacker Martez Wilson was injured in practice today, and walked off the field with a trainer holding his left arm.

Butler was a backup in Dallas with coordinator Rex Ryan, but was expected to start and produce, since some of the Saints’ existing parts (i.e. defensive end turned outside linebacker Will Smith) weren’t good fits for the 3-4.

After he went down, Wilson and Junior Galette fell into the next-man-up roles, and losing Wilson would be a blow.

UPDATE 12:51 p.m. ET: Saints coach Sean Payton said Wilson injured his elbow, but didn’t anticipate it being serious. Of course, Payton also downplayed it when Butler blew his knee out, so that’s not necessarily a medically sound diagnosis.

17 responses to “Wilson hurt, Saints run short on pass-rushers

  1. Limiting the OTAs and additional practices may be contributing to these injuries. Thanks NFLPA.

  2. This is why I get pissed sometimes with this team. We’re already short on pass rushers and we had all the time in the world to sign John Abraham. I can’t stand the mentality that some teams have about giving older dudes contracts. This man had 10 sacks last season for the arch rival. Here’s an idea, sign him and pick his brain. Too late now though. I wonder if Ricky Jackson, Pat Swilling, or Renaldo Turnbull can still play cause right now those guys would be better options than what we have.

  3. @saints12013,
    I’m not sure Abraham is a good fit as a 3-4 DE. I’m pretty sure he’s played his entire career as a 4-3 end. At his age, I’m not sure he could make the switch. They already have an aging 4-3 DE trying to play OLB in the 3-4 in Will Smith. They don’t need another one.

    I’m more p-oed that they didn’t draft Jarvis Jones. He would have slid into one of the 3-4 OLB spots really nicely.

  4. saints12013,
    Just take a “CHILL’ pill man, every team out there are losing some key players the last 4 days, its part of the game and stop living in the past dude..as we say it, it is what it is…anyway better to lose them now than later in the season….GEAUX SAINTS

  5. “Limiting the OTAs and additional practices may be contributing to these injuries. Thanks NFLPA.”

    These aren’t a bunch of plumbers. Your union bashing is baseless and obviously founded in ignorance.

  6. Why don’t we cheat again.. That’s an easy option to the Super Bowl.. Just hurt the qb and feel good about a dishonest Super Bowl!

  7. Pmars64, I understand where your coming from but Abraham had 10 sacks and Mike Nolan was running a lot of 3-4 last season for ATL cause he’s a 3-4 guy. Bottom line is, is that good players find a way to the QB no matter what the system is. Dallas is implementing the 4-3 this season with Monte Kiffin, and I have absolutely no doubt in my mind the Ware and Spencer will still wreak havoc.

  8. @ dertybird

    Hey the last time I checked Falcants 0 & Saints 1 in the Super Bowl, how does it feel to be the smelly door “RUG” of the NFC South lol

  9. Who Dat better be able to score 60 pts a game, b/c this d won’t be able stop a well coached troop of girl scouts from putting up a fiddy burger. Fire Spags, hire idiot’s twin brother, switch to 3/4 with 4/3 players, what could possibly go wrong.

  10. We still have young guys like chase thomas and eric martin that all they need is playing time and a chance…might still have some fa’s out there too

  11. This maybe a blow to the Saints D. Already was short on pass rushers, as it was. Smith does not have a 3/4 OLB skill set, IMO. I could see them picking up a vet @ OLB.

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