Saints defensive end Noah Spence has torn his ACL during a “quarantine workout.”
Since players and teams are not meeting for practices, staying in football shape has fallen on the players themselves. This led to Spence being put on the “non-football injuries” list, even though he was training for the season’s beginning. He will likely not be able to play if the season takes place.
The NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported the news via Twitter on Wednesday.
The #Saints signed LB Anthony Chickillo today and placed pass-rusher Noah Spence on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list because he tore his ACL preparing for training camp. This injury would have occurred at OTAs, but obviously no OTAs this year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 26, 2020
This season would have been Spence’s first as a Saint. He previously played 2016-2018 with Tampa Bay and 2019 with Washington. In his four-year career he has racked up 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 37 combined tackles in 41 games (three starts).
In response to the injury, the Saints signed former Pittsburgh linebacker Anthony Chickillo. He also has 7.5 sacks in his career, but a much higher combined tackle total at 97. Chickillo has spent his entire NFL campaign as a Steeler, until he was released in 2020.
With no OTAs and no set schedule or plan to return just yet, the NFL season is still in jeopardy and the players will still have to rely on themselves to keep in football shape.
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