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

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.

–Field Level Media

Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL extends wild-card round to Monday night

The NFL is extending wild-card weekend to three days.

The league plans for two games on Saturday, Jan. 15 (4:35 p.m., 8:15 p.m. ET) and three others the following day (1:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 8:15 p.m. ET) and the final one will be played on Monday (8:15 p.m. ET).

The NFL playoffs expanded last season for the first time since 1990.

CBS and NBC will broadcast two wild-card games while FOX and ESPN/ABC will each have one. The Monday night broadcast partner has yet to be determined.

The AFC and NFC wild-card games feature the No. 2 seed hosting the No. 7 seed, the third seed hosting the sixth seed and No. 4 seed hosting the No. 5 seed.

–Field Level Media