The New Orleans Saints' offseason so far has seen the franchise make moves to sure up a defense that ranked 31st in the NFL in efficiency in 2014.
They used the draft to bring in a number of highly rated defensive players while also inking one of their top current talents, Cam Jordan, to a new big money deal.
Today, though, brought potentially bad news for the franchise with reports that another of their standout talents on the defensive side of the ball may require surgery after an injury in OTAs this week.
According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, pass rusher Junior Galette suffered a pectoral injury that is so severe that he and the Saints are in the process of working out whether he needs to go under the knife.
If surgery is deemed the way forward then it will be a big blow for the Saints. Similar injuries in the past have seen players out for around six months, meaning Galette's 2015 status is now in question.
Galette, a four-year veteran of the team, has been in good form in recent seasons. After racking up 12 sacks in 2013, the 27-year-old managed to bring down the quarterback 10 times in 2014 despite the Saints defense's regression.
What with Galette having signed a new $41.5 million, four-year contract before the 2014 campaign and fellow DE Jordan getting his own big contract this week it is clear that the Saints are hoping for big things from the pass rushing duo in the near future.
The former's injury, if it proves as serious as reports suggest, would obviously put a dent in the Saints' plans.
If Galette does miss the upcoming season then Hau’oli Kikaha, Anthony Spencer and Kasim Edebali will be the men tasked with making up for his absence.
Anthony Spencer will likely be the man given most responsibility after a solid season with the Dallas Cowboys. Still, this is the last thing the New Orleans Saints needed as the prepare an attempt to bounce back.
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