New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl defensive end Cam Jordan has yet to miss a single game since entering the NFL in 2011, but he is facing some complications that could loom large this offseason.
Jordan said he had surgery to deal with a core issue, and that he was playing injured for the tail end of the 2019 campaign (via Michael Baca of NFL.com):
Jordan told NFL Network's Michael Silver on Saturday that he is currently recovering from core muscle surgery he had two days after the Super Bowl, and played injured for the final five weeks of the Saints‘ season.
The injury — an adductor muscle that tore off the bone — was sustained on a Dec. 8 defeat to the 49ers, and Jordan proceeded to play out the final three games of the regular season to help New Orleans win out and secure a home playoff game. The Saints would lose to the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card Round, but Jordan still managed to take part in the Pro Bowl before having his surgery.
The former First-Team All-Pro had one of the best seasons last year, posting a career-high 15 1/2 sacks and 25 quarterback hits. He hardly seemed slowed by the injury, notching sacks in each of New Orleans' final three games.
Jordan signed a three-year extension worth over $52 million last summer, and he is the anchor of the Saints pass rush.
New Orleans is still feeling things out in free agency, but most of their core–including quarterback Drew Brees–are expected to remain intact.
But the Saints will also hope Jordan has a smooth recovery and will be ready for the start of camp.