Earlier this week, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo had some unfortunate news to report about New Orleans Saints rookie defensive back Smoke Monday.
Garafolo reported on Monday that he suffered what is believed to be a serious knee injury.
It was a tough pill for fans to swallow, especially since the Auburn product was playing well in training camp. In fact, Tyrann Mathieu raves about Monday’s overall ability and study habits.
Unfortunately, Saints fans’ worst fears were confirmed on Friday. The team officially placed him on injured reserve.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Monday revealed he suffered a torn ACL.
“First of all let me say that I would like to thank the Saints organization for giving me the chance of a lifetime to come and show off my divine ability. I just want to set the record straight for all those who may have concerns about my knee I suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the season but I want everyone to know that I am doing great and in good spirits , and I’m going to have surgery very soon,” announced Monday. “I plan to use this time to be healthier and continue to learn the system inside out. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who called me to check on my injury. Trust that I will be 10 times more strong when I return God gives his toughest battles only to his strongest soldiers and I am unquestionably one of them.
During his four-year run at Auburn, Monday had 171 tackles, eight passes defended, six sacks and five interceptions.
Although the Saints will be without Monday, they have more than enough depth in the secondary to field an elite defense this season.