The New Orleans Saints spent the first week of training camp avoiding the injury bug. That has now changed with the news Wednesday of two likely season-ending injuries.
Wide receiver Joseph Morgan has a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee sustained in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, Saints coach Sean Payton announced Wednesday.
"It’s not a full ACL but this will be season-ending for him," Payton confirmed.
Additionally, defensive end Kenyon Coleman has a torn pectoral muscle sustained in Tuesday's practice.
"He’s going to have surgery most likely tomorrow and most likely that will be season-ending for him as well," Payton said. "So there’s two players that are significant. Obviously they are losses, and we have to find some guys to step up and take their spot.
Morgan was the leader heading into camp for the No. 3 wide receiver slot. Coleman was one of two key free-agent defensive signees in the offseason who are likely done for 2013. Linebacker Victor Butler tore his ACL in June during OTAs.
Running back Pierre Thomas and cornerback Keenan Lewis left Wednesday's practice early with members of the team training staff. Payton did not update their status at his post-practice news conference.
The Saints have one more practice on Thursday, which is closed to the public, prior to Friday night's preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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