May 14, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA;  New Orleans Saints safety Smoke Monday (28) during rookie camp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

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Saints rookie S Smoke Monday confirms torn ACL

New Orleans Saints safety Smoke Monday confirmed he will miss the 2022 season with a torn ACL.

The 22-year-old undrafted rookie from Auburn injured his knee in practice on Tuesday.

“First of all, let me just say that I’d want to thank the Saints organization for providing me the chance of a lifetime to come and showcase my godly ability,” Monday wrote Friday on Instagram. “I just want to set the record straight for anyone who might have any concerns about my knee. I have suffered a torn ACL and will miss the season, but I want everyone to know I’m doing great and in good spirits, and will be having surgery very soon.

“I’m planning to use this time to get healthier and continue to learn the system inside out. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has called to check up on me about my injury. Trust that I’ll be 10 times stronger when I return. God only gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers and I am unquestionably one of them.”

Monday returned three of his five interceptions for touchdowns and added 171 tackles and six sacks in 44 games at Auburn from 2018-21.

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