Former NFL lead physician Dr. David Chao believes Saints cornerback Jabari Greer may have suffered a career-ending knee injury during Sunday’s game against the 49ers.
Based on video review of the injury mechanism, Greer is expected to have a multi-ligament knee injury. This type of injury can be considered a knee dislocation and requires swift action to ensure that there is no nerve or artery damage. The Saints medical staff, led by ATC Scottie Patton, jumped into quick action to minimize the consequences. Greer is presumed to have torn his LCL and possibly ACL and/or PCL. Hopefully, no additional damage is discovered. This type of injury requires surgery and, as a result, Greer will be placed on injured reserve.
All multi-ligament knee injuries have potential long-term consequences and can be considered career threatening. From first hand knowledge, former Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman had a comparable injury and his knee stability never returned to normal. 24-years-old at the time of the injury, Merriman was never the same player again. This injury shortened his Pro Bowl career.
Cornerback is among the hardest positions to play coming off a knee injury because of the quickness and reaction required. We just witnessed a serious knee injury on a 31-year-old cornerback. I hope I’m wrong, but there’s always the chance that this injury could mark the end of Greer’s career.
Like Chao, we also hope he is wrong, but there’s a really good chance he’s right.
Our prayers are with Greer.