Biggs: Source says Saints fear Porter has torn ACL

The fear is that emerging young New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter will be lost for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, a league source said.

Porter was lost on the first play from scrimmage of the second half this afternoon at St. Louis. He was attempting to tackle St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brandon Gibson after a short pass and Gibson broke free. Free safety Usama Young flew in and when he hit Porter’s planted left leg, his knee was injured.

He was helped to the sideline and eventually carted to the locker room. Porter had a brace put on his leg, and reports are that he will undergo an MRI on Monday. The belief is it will show a torn ACL, although nothing is certain until tests are complete. Porter was replaced by first-round draft pick Malcolm Jenkins.

In his second season, Porter was emerging as a top talent for the improved Gregg Williams-led defense. He entered the game with three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Porter missed 11 games last season after suffering a dislocated wrist. The Saints were playing without safety Darren Sharper, who was out with a knee injury. It was the first game Sharper has missed since 2005.

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