Aug 26 2013, 6:42pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Smith sustained the injury in the Saints' 31-23 preseason win over the Houston Texans on Sunday, per Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Holder cites an ESPN report via Pro Football Talk which reveals the injury is a torn ACL, as revealed by Smith himself.
"Saints veteran Will Smith has suffered a season-ending knee injury, source confirmed (as PFT reported)"
He tore his ACL around the time when defensive end Cam Jordan sacked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the second quarter. Smith left the game, had his knee examined on the sideline, went to the locker room and never came back, per Holder.
Smith is a 10-year NFL veteran and a former defensive end who was making the transition to outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4 defensive scheme. He told ESPN's Ed Werder via text message the shift was going well at the time of his ACL tear.
His injury further decimates the Saints' linebacker corps after his other teammates Victor Butler, Martez Wilson and Junior Galette all went down with injuries of their own and will miss significant time on the field.
Smith and Butler were projected to start at outside linebacker for New Orleans. However, with them being sidelined, Wilson and Galette should be able to fill in for them as soon as they're able, per UticaOD.com.
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