Saints starting defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis has a sprained right knee (MCL sprain), an injury similar to what running back Pierre Thomas suffered in the pre-season and what running back Mike Bell suffered in a week 2 win against Philadelphia.
Both players were out four weeks.
Ellis went down in the second half of the Saints recent come from behind win over the Miami Dolphis when his knee was rolled up on by an opposing player.
The MCL ligament is the inner ligament that connects the thigh bone to the shin bone and a sprain as they call it really means the ligament has been ripped to some degree, a common injury in football caused when excessive force is placed on the knee in the area of the MCL.
There is no time table on when Ellis will return to play but these types of injuries generally take a few weeks or more to heal, the team will continue to evaluate his progress.
Surprising DE/DT Anthony Hargrove will take the place of Ellis in the lineup, Hargrove is possibly a better pass rusher than Ellis although the run defense could suffer without Ellis clogging up the middle.
New Orleans will continue to use a rotation on the defesive line of Hargrove, Clancy and Ayodele. Even though the defensive tackle position is perhaps the Saints thinnest they have no plans to pursue free agent help at this point.
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