October 7, 2008

Porter Out With Wrist Injury; Another Rookie to IR

Dislocation requires surgery and is out for the season; another game, another devastating injury for the Saints.

Unfortunately, this comes to the brightest spot on the Saints' defense so far and the brightest star in the 2008 draft class. No, not Sedrick Ellis, who is already out 1-3 more weeks with an ankle injury.

CB Tracy Porter dislocated his wrist badly on the Vikings' 4th quarter touchdown pass, a deep ball over the middle that saw two Vikings and two Saints collide near the goal line. WR Bernard Berrian of Minnesota came up with the game-tying touchdown pass, despite hitting teammate Audrae Allison in the head on the way down.

Porter tumbled over Allison and Berrian and landed on the top of his hand. The play lead to the Vikings' eventual victory on a memorably painful Monday Night game, and to surgery on Tuesday for Porter. The Saints' second round pick and a native of Port Allen, LA, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon.

Porter's play was exceptional on Monday night. Time and time again the Vikings tested him, including two plays in a row in the end zone, and Porter rose to the challenge. Porter has the speed that so many Saint cornerbacks have lacked and despite being a rookie, shows excellent ball skills. The rookie from Indiana recorded his first interception and his first sack against the 49ers last week. While Ellis' play inside has been great as a rookie, Porter's play at right cornerback through five games put him among the best defensive players on the field for the Saints, despite giving up a long touchdown to Santana Moss in week two.

Porter joins fifth round pick DT DeMario Pressley, seventh round pick WR Adrian Arrington on injured reserve, one half of the Saints' draft class from April. One other, sixth round pick kicker Taylor Melhaff, was cut after training camp. Fifth round pick Carl Nicks is starting at left guard in placed of suspended guard Jamar Nesbit. Ellis, the seventh overall selection, is expected to return to the starting lineup when his knee injury heals.

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