New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter is approaching nearly 100 percent health after under going a “clean-up” procedure on his left knee after injuring himself last October.
Originally the injury was thought to be more serious, but Porter missed only four games before returning to the lineup — he did however play the rest of the season with a torn meniscus.
The surgery was mainly done to promote healing, hence the rumor that a micro-fracture procedure was done.
Darren Sharper underwent a similar procedure before the start of the 2010 season.
In Sharper’s case he did not heal enough to make the Saints opening game, and instead started the year on the PUP list.
Porter though is expected to be ready by the time the 2011 NFL regular season kick-offs, which is good news for the Saints who are scheduled to open against the lethal pass attack of the Green Bay Packers.
Through three NFL seasons Porter has missed 19 of a possible 48 games. In 2008 he dislocated his wrist after five games, suffered an ACL injury during the 2009 season, and of course missed four games last year after tearing his meniscus.