Word out of New Orleans is that starting cornerback Tracy Porter is not out for the season. His knee injury, suffered Sunday in St. Louis, had an initial prognosis of doom. But it appears to be only another MCL strain for a team.
The Saints have been hammered by these injuries in recent history. There have been more MCL sprains than flu strains, it is as if these knee injuries were airborne. Here's the list: DT Sedrick Ellis (still out), RB Pierre Thomas, RB Mike Bell, RB Reggie Bush (in 2008), FB Mike Karney (in 2008).
The prognosis is being announced similarly as it was for Ellis and Bell - four to six weeks, no surgery required.
Considering how thin the Saints are behind Porter, with aging Randall Gay, rookie Malcolm Jenkins and journeyman Leigh Torrence, everyone in Metairie is breathing a sigh of relief. Starters Porter and Greer have demonstrated the type of elite speed that Gay and Jenkins don't have. Torrence, while fast, isn't sticky in man coverage. Gay, Jenkins and Torrence all played significant time on Sunday in St. Louis, when Rams QB Marc Bulger out-performed QB Drew Brees.
Porter will miss arguably the biggest game left on the regular season schedule - Monday Night Football against the Patriots in two weeks - but he should be back in the lineup and up to full speed before Christmas. The Saints end their regular season with two straight NFC South matchups, hosting Tampa Bay and traveling to Carolina for the finale.