New Orleans Saints cornerback Johnny Patrick gets good news on injury; status unclear


September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Johnny Patrick (32) is carted off the field during the first half of a game against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

It was hard not to cringe when New Orleans Saints starting nickle cornerback Johnny Patrick went down and was writhing in pain yesterday after a play in the end zone.  But the diagnosis may be better than first thought.

Patrick went to prevent a touchdown pass from the Redskins yesterday afternoon and the result was good on the deflection, but bad for him as he clutched his leg and trainers ran to him with play being halted.

Later, Patrick was helped up and limped off the field where he was then carted to the locker room.  The official report was a leg injury with Patrick scheduled to have an MRI.

Patrick calmed some fears with a message on his Twitter account almost thirty minutes ago:

"Thanks everyone for the prayers my news today was way better then news I got yesterday #GOD is good…"

This likely means that he has avoided a dreaded injury to his ACL, MCL, or meniscus.  However, Patrick didn’t provide anymore details on the status of his injury or a timetable on if and when he can return.

Newly acquired cornerback Jerome Murphy was forced into Patrick’s role yesterday and with Jabari Greer’s playing status up in the air, it leaves the Saints secondary a tad thin.

Greer had said he would start the game yesterday after being out for a month following surgery for a sports hernia and his presence was greatly missed when he was held out against the Redskins.  No word on if he’ll play against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.