Report: New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette will not need pectoral surgery after doctor visit


Some big news surfaced out of the Big Easy Monday night after it was reported that New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette will not need pectoral surgery after a visit with Dr. James Andrews, one of the top sports surgeons in the country.

Junior Galette injured his pectoral muscle lifting weights and was initially expected to undergo surgery, which could have sidelined him for the majority of the 2015 season.  However, Ian Rapoport of is reporting that all Galette needs is rest and rehab, and could actually be ready for the start of the season.

Of course, we all know it’s been a rough offseason for New Orleans’ leading pass rusher.  From domestic violence charges that were eventually dropped to disrespecting departed Saints veterans, to a viral video that added even more question marks surrounding the defensive co-captain as a team leader, it’s been a bumpy start to the new football year for the emerging star.

There’s really no telling what the future holds for Junior Galette in the Crescent City.  For all we know, head coach Sean Payton could be sick and tired of the headache.  There were even reports that the Saints were interested in trading him earlier in the offseason, but no real truth has emerged just yet.

What I do know is Galette plays a crucial role in the Black and Gold’s pass rushing game, totaling 22 sacks since becoming a full-time starter in 2013.  His talent is undeniable and the sky is the limit, but if he can’t clean his act up he could be kissing life down on the bayou goodbye.  He’ll certainly be drawing more interest from other NFL teams now that surgery is not required.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Saints do test him on the trade block.  However, he’s a tough sell with a fat contract and off-field issues.  I think the Saints’ best bet is keeping Junior Galette around in hopes of him keeping his head on straight.  Trust is tough when you have a bad resume, but Sean Payton and company could without question use his skills out on the field.

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