New Orleans Saints have confirmed that Jabari Greer's season is over after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Greer was stretchered off in the first quarter of the Saints' 20-23 victory at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, and has now been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after it was confirmed he had suffered an ACL injury. The 10-year veteran from Tennessee is yet to undergo surgery.
Saints Coach Sean Payton said of the setback: "Tough for our team. "Tough for him."
Greer has been ever-present for the Saints this season as they go about staking a claim to be installed as one of the favourites to make it all the way to the Superbowl.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan admitted that losing the 31-year-old is a blow for the team, whose record currently stands at 8-2.
"Jabari is having such a great year," he said on Tuesday. "He's a great person. We'll miss him in the locker room most. He was having a great year. He was doing everything we asked him to do and then some."
The NFC South leaders signed replacement cornerback Trevin Wade to fill Greer's place on the roster, although second-year cornerback Corey White is likely to fill his spot in the Saints' starting line-up for the remainder of the season.
Wade, who played last season with the Cleveland Browns, was released in August. He will wear No. 30 for the Saints.
The Saints also confirmed that linebacker Victor Butler has returned to practice, but he remains some way away from full-fitness.