Saints lose linebacker Will Smith for season

The New Orleans Saints defense will be without linebacker Will Smith for the season after he tore an ACL during the preseason game against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Smith was expected to be a key part of the Saints new 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. However, during the game against the Texans, Smith was forced to leave the game and head to the locker room after he fell over as his teammate sacked Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub, according to SB Nation.

The 32-year-old was set to be a starting outside linebacker for the Saints this season, after 6.5 sacks last year, notes ESPN, but the injury left the Saints with a big hole in their defense.

“It was going well,” Smith said in a text message to ESPN’s Ed Werder. “The transition wasn’t that bad. Rob had me in a great position to do well this year, [and] I’m disappointed I won’t be able to help my team out.”

In order to fill in at outside linebacker, the Saints have reportedly orchestrated a quick trade with the San Francisco 49ers that nets the Saints veteran linebacker Parys Haralson.

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