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Saints’ Marcus Davenport to miss the rest of the season

Marcus Davenport, Saints

According to a Tuesday evening report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the New Orleans Saints are expected to be without defensive end Marcus Davenport for the remainder of the 2019 season. Davenport apparently suffered a “significant foot injury” midway through the team’s most recent loss to the surging San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday.

As a result of such a setback, Davenport is likely to undergo season-ending surgery in order to properly repair the damage done to his ailing foot.

Davenport is currently in the midst of his second NFL season after the Saints originally selected the up-and-coming defensive lineman in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). As a rookie last season, Davenport strung together 4.5 sacks across 13 regular season games before recording another six sacks takedowns over the course of 13 games regular season games in 2019-20. Not only that, but his three forced fumbles were leading the team this season while his 31 tackles previously had him tied him for ninth among Saints defenders in 2019-20.

The 23-year-old Davenport stands at a whopping 6’6″ while weighing 265 pounds, making him one of the most important players along the Saints defensive front. While certainly more than capable of attacking the quarterback on a regular basis, Davenport has possesses the ability to make tackles all over the field — which is something that New Orleans will surely miss going forward.

Luckily for the Saints, though, the prolific NFC South franchise has already clinched its division and will be heading to the postseason.