Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) celebrates his forth quarter interception with teammate Malcolm Jenkins (27) against the Detroit Lions during the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Lions 45-28. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints lose top cornerback to sports hernia

On Tuesday New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer injured his groin during warm-ups before morning practice.

The injury, though not to be serious at the beginning, turned out to be a hernia — so Greer sought out treatment from Dr. James Andrews.

Yesterday he flew to Philadelphia meet with the renown sports surgeon, opting for a sports hernia procedure to repair the damage.

Greer will likely be out the next month while he recovers.

Interim head coach Joe Vitt says Greer has a chance at returning to the practice filed in time for the Saints week four preseason game against the Houston Texans.

But the team maintains that he will definitely be ready for the season opener against the Washington Redskins.

Greer has been with the Saints since coming over from the Buffalo Bills in free agency prior to the 2009 season, and he has developed into one of the teams best defensive players.

He has started 37 of a possible 48 games over the last three years, totaling 43 pass deflections, five interceptions, and 155 tackles.

With Greer now out most of the preseason, the Saints will likely rotate Johnny Patrick, Marquis Johnson, and rookie Corey White with the first team defense.

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