New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton says injured cornerback Delvin Breaux is not expected to play this season because of a setback in his recovery from a broken fibula which occurred after he’d been designated to return from the team’s injured reserve list.
Payton, who addressed Breaux’s status on Thursday, says, “Right now, he’s going to remain on injured reserve.”
Payton was asked about how upsetting the “saga” with Breaux has been.
“I wouldn’t describe it as a saga. It’s a setback,” Payton said. “Obviously, you want your players healthy. The rehab’s going well, he’s worked hard and diligent. It’s still not 100 percent, but it is going well and all the indications we have when we do the scans and the testing show it healing properly.”
Each NFL team may designate two players to return from injured reserve. Breaux, who had surgery to repair a fractured fibula in August, is the only Saints player given that designation so far.
That move nearly three weeks ago gave the Saints until this week to activate Breaux.
The 28-year-old Breaux was New Orleans’ top cornerback in 2015, but also had a leg injury last season. He is scheduled for restricted free agency in 2018.
The Saints considered trading Breaux this summer because they had grown frustrated with nagging injury issues they felt he could have played through, according to a report by the New Orleans Advocate. That was before they discovered that Breaux’s fibula was broken. The injury was originally diagnosed as a bone bruise and, as a result, the Saints fired their team orthopedists.
New Orleans’ defense has improved without Breaux, currently ranking 12th against the pass after ranking last in 2016.