New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Morgan feels Kenny Vaccaro is not to blame for the season-ending knee injury he picked up last weekend.
Saints coach Sean Payton announced that Morgan's season was over yesterday after the star suffered a torn meniscus and damage to his ACL during scrimmage on Saturday.
The injury was a result of a tackle from first-round draft pick Vaccaro, however Morgan was quick to defend the player who is known to have an aggressive nature on the field.
Morgan posted a message on his Twitter page which read: "Don't blame @KennyVaccaro4. It was a routine tackle. I admire how feisty a player he is too. He's going to be great for us."
Since arriving at the Saints, Vaccaro has hit the headlines for his hard hitting, with the rookie safety insisting he won't change his aggressive approach unless the team's coaches ask him to.
And despite the damaging news of Morgan's injury, Vaccaro's teammates have also refused to pin the blame on him.
"Look, you love having that guy on your team," said right tackle Zach Strief. "Do we feel like he's too physical sometimes in practice? Sure. But we feel the same way about some D-linemen and some linebackers, and they feel the same way about us.
"Kenny is who he is and I'm glad he's on the team and I certainly wish that Joe was still with us, but it's part of the game.
"I would never watch a guy make a legitimate football play and have someone get hurt and say, 'It's your fault'," added Strief.
Receiver Marques Colston also spoke highly of his new teammate and is pleased with the effort Vaccaro is putting in.
"He's a guy that's out here and he's doing what the coaches have asked him to do. Like I said, unfortunately that's kind of the nature of this game. But you can't really fault a guy for playing and practicing hard," he said to reporters.
Morgan's injury is another blow in what has already been a tough year for the receiver after his arrest in the off-season for drink driving.
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