New Orleans Saints: FB Heath Evans Will Miss Season After Knee Surgery, Team Signs FB Kyle Eckel In His Place


Full back Heath Evans left Sunday’s game against the Dolphins late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.

The extent of his injury was not known until today, Evans tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will undergoes season ending surgery today.

Evans loss comes as a big blow to the Saints as he paved the way for the Saints third ranked running game, which to this point has averaged nearly 160 yards a game.

He is also responsible for three touchdowns this season, one on the ground and two in the air.

New Orleans has signed veteran full back Kyle Eckel to take the place of Evans, they actually were teammates with the New England Patriots.

Eckel entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Navy in 2005. Since then has bounced from the Dolphins to the Patriots to the Eagles but played most notably with the Pats, seeing action in 12 games in 2007.

Eckel has 57 rushes for 169 yards and two touchdowns in his four year career.

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