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Martez Wilson Injury Leaves Major Opening for Junior Galette and Other LB’s


Jul 26, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette (93) during the first day of training camp at the team facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Not all of the news coming out of New Orleans Saints training camp has been positive, and no better example of this notion was earlier in the week when outside linebacker Martez Wilson went down with an elbow injury.

The good news is the injury does not sound to be all that serious. According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, the injury will only sideline Wilson for two to four weeks:

"Larry Holder reports that the elbow injury outside linebacker Martez Wilson suffered Monday is likely to sideline him two to four weeks. That means Will Smith and Junior Galette will get all of the first-team work for the rest of the preseason. It also could open the door for rookie Rufus Johnson to have a shot at some playing time."

The bad news for Wilson is there are plenty of hungry linebackers ready to take the starting job and not look back. One of those is Junior Galette, another talented pass rusher who figured to scrap with Wilson for playing time behind Victor Butler.

Now with both Butler and Wilson out of the way, the former for the entire season, Galette has a change to impress the coaching staff for up to four weeks and can use the extra snaps in preseason games to make his case for the starting gig.

Don’t count out guys like Rufus Johnson, Eric Martin or Chase Thomas either at this point, especially considering there is a bit of a mix around going on at the position right now.

But keep a close eye on Galette. He’s shown in the past he can be effective. He now has a clear shot at a starting position. Galette’s time is now.

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