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Saints lose their first player for the season due to injury

Tina Howell

Just a little over a week into training camp and the New Orleans Saints have lost their first player for the season. On Friday, Saints rookie safety Smoke Monday was placed on IR after suffering a torn ACL. Monday sustained the knee injury during Tuesday’s practice. No details were given at that time, it was just said to be a “significant injury.” Monday took to his Instagram account to thank the team for taking a chance on him and those who have checked on him since the announcement was made.

“I want everyone to know I’m doing great and in good spirits and will be having surgery very soon. I’m planning to use this time to get healthier and continue to learn the system inside out.”

He continued by saying when he returns, he will be "10 times stronger."

Monday was an undrafted rookie from Auburn, who recorded 172 tackles, six sacks, five interceptions and 13 passes defended during his 4 years with the Tigers. He was a 2nd team All-SEC player in 2020 and tied the school record by recording his 3rd career pick-six in 2021 season. Monday was signed by the Saints in April and quickly became a fan favorite. Back in May, he was praised by teammate Tyrann Mathieu who said, “He’s gonna be a good player in this league. He’s a physical player, great length and size, kid studies a lot.”

Hopefully, Monday has a successful recovery and is able to return to the Saints in 2023.

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