The Saints revamped, yet dinged-up defense must now find a way to survive another painful season-ending injury after the news that defensive end-turned linebacker Will Smith is now out for the season with a knee injury, according to several league sources.
Smith went down Sunday during the Saints third preseason game against Houston on a play that looked so promising: defensive end Cam Jordan sacked Texans' starting quarterback Matt Schaub, but when the whistle blew, Smith remained on the turf clutching his knee in pain.
The Saints have yet to officially confirm the news, but Smith appears to be the team's second starting linebacker lost for the 2013 season. Victor Butler will likely miss this entire season as he recovers from a torn ACL injury that happened during June OTA's.
Meanwhile, the Saints other top outside linebacker prospects Martez Wilson and Junior Galette are nursing injuries of their own. Wilson is working to return to action Week 1 after rehabbing his dislocate...