October 21, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan (13) runs the ball in for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
In a startling turn of events, the New Orleans Saints revealed Wednesday that two starters are out for the season with serious injuries.
Wide receiver Joe Morgan will miss the year thanks to a torn ACL, while defensive end Kenyon Coleman will also miss the year with a pectoral injury.
Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com broke the news via Twitter after head coach Sean Payton announced it after Wednesday’s practice:
It’s a major blow on both sides of the football for the Saints. Coleman was penciled in as a starter at defensive end when the Saints released their first depth chart earlier this week. He’s a valuable commodity with experience in the scheme, so his loss hurts in more ways than one. Akiem Hicks will have to step up in a major way and fill the void.
The news about Morgan is most concerning. With Marques Colston on the PUP list, Morgan was listed as a starter as well, meaning he had a lock on the starting slot job. That job will now fall to either rookie Kenny Stills or recently signed free agent Steve Breaston.
We’ll have more details on both injuries as they are revealed.
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