Defensive back injuries pile up for Saints

An already-thin New Orleans secondary has taken another hit.

PorterPorterMike Triplett reports that starting cornerback Tracy Porter has a knee sprain that will sideline him two to four weeks. Porter suffered the injury in Sunday’s 16-14 victory.

The Saints have some quality depth at cornerback and veteran Randall Gay likely will move into Porter’s spot opposite Jabari Greer. Rookie Patrick Robinson might step into Greer’s role as the nickel back.

The Saints already had issues at safety. Usual starter Roman Harper missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. Coach Sean Payton expressed hope that Porter will return this week, but the depth behind him is questionable.

Pierson Prioleau got the start against the Panthers, but had to leave after suffering a bruised chest. Chris Reis replaced Prioleau, but promptly suffered a shoulder injury. Payton already has said Reis has been ruled out for this week. Triplett just reported that Reis will have to have surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

The Saints finished the game with Usama Young playing opposite starting free safety Malcolm Jenkins. Payton said the Saints would have had to move Gay to safety if there had been any more injuries.

The Saints are expected to work out several free-agent safeties Tuesday. Veteran safety Darren Sharper has to remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list for at least another two weeks.