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Saints G Jahri Evans’ Surgery Was to Repair Torn Ligament in Wrist

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It was known that New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans missed out on the Pro Bowl after having an unspecified surgery following the season’s end.  Now, a report confirms that the procedure was executed to repair a partially torn ligament in his wrist after dealing with the injury during the second half of the season.

Originally classified as a minor surgery, a torn ligament is no joke, especially as an offensive lineman where you constantly apply pressure using your wrists and hands.  However, Evans is expected to be back when OTAs begin.

Speculation is starting to surround the veteran guard because of his generous contract and the salary cap issues surrounding the Saints.  The offensive line struggled all season long, and Evans’ performance shows that Pro Bowl selections are beginning to mean absolutely nothing.

While his veteran presence is crucial in the locker room, his performance noticeably took a tumble downhill, but it is likely that the wrist injury played a role in his questionable execution of consistently protecting QB Drew Brees.

Evans’ seven-year, $56.7 million contract is set to expire after the 2016 season — the Black and Gold will take a $11 million cap hit from him this year.  New Orleans is currently sporting a cap burden around $167 million, and while the NFL has yet to release the salary cap for 2015, it is estimated to come in between $140 million and $145 million.

GM Mickey Loomis believes the budget will begin to ease this month — he has until March 10 to get the Saints back under the cap.  With the regression of Evans and the money owed to him, could he be on the hot seat?

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