The New Orleans Saints got some rough news on Thursday when it was reported that second-year outside linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha tore his ACL during OTAs. The 2015 second-round selection will likely miss the 2016 season as reported by FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo.
Rough news for the Saints: DE Hau'oli Kikaha tore his ACL, sources say. Last year's second-round pick likely done for the season.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 9, 2016
The Saints got some big production out of Kikaha during his rookie season. He played a big role for the team along with fellow 2015 draft pick and linebacker Stephone Anthony.
This is the not the first time the linebacker has been through this rough injury. During his time at Washington, Kikaha twice suffered a torn ACL, which could spell trouble for his career going forward.
During the 2015 season, Hau’oli Kikaha recorded 31 tackles, four sacks, and four forced fumbles. He was looking to be a big part of a rebuild for the Saints’ defense this year.
The team will now likely have to rely on the likes of Michael Mauti and undrafted free agent signee Dillon Lee to fill in for Kikaha. Second-year defensive end Bobby Richardson might also help the team in that department this year as well.
The Saints open the 2016 season on Sept. 11 when they host the Oakland Raiders.
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