Report: Sharper had microfracture surgery

The team that knows best about Darren Sharper’s medical condition is the one that wound up signing him.

The veteran Pro Bowl safety returned to the New Orleans Saints today with a one-year contract, and one of the reasons it took him two months since the opening of free agency to find work is because he underwent microfracture knee surgery, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Sharper missed two games last season dealing with a knee issue, and it was more serious that what was originally reported after his February surgery. The initial word was that Sharper had undergone arthroscopic knee surgery. Obviously, microfracture surgery is more serious. Sharper made a free-agent visit to Jacksonville and some reports linked him to Dallas.

What kind of timetable there is for Sharper getting back on the field remains to be seen. Obviously, New Orleans believes that Sharper will contribute in a big way this season. He will turn 35 in November and tied for the league lead in interceptions last season.

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