The first serious injury of training camp has finally happened, linebacker Mark Simoneau tore a triceps muscle in last Saturday’s Black and Gold scrimmage and may be out a few weeks or more.
Simoneau was considered the top backup at weakside and middle linebacker and will be replaced by either Marvin Mitchell or the recently signed ex-Charger linebacker Anthony Waters.
It’s unclear if the Saints will place Simoneau on the injured reserved list or wait to see how fast he rehabs from his injury.
In the meantime the Saints plan on metting with 11-time pro-bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks.
Brooks was released after 14 years with the Tamp Bay Buccaneers in February and if signed would be a significant upgrade to the Saints linebacker group.
Head coach Sean Payton beleives Brooks has plenty left to offer the Saints, especially after facing him so many times before.
“We felt like he was still playing at a high level,” Payton added about Brooks. “He’s an intelligent player, he’s instinctive. He’s a guy that has really been a pain for us over the years. We have a lot of respect for his ability and we’ll see when he comes in.”
Also the team plans to workout free agent linebacker Derek Smith, a journey man backer who has spent time with the Redskins, 49ers, Chargers, and Dolphins during his 11 year career.
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