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METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints’ defensive end Marcus Davenport had the upper part of his left little finger amputated this offseason after breaking a plate from a previous operation and experiencing an infection.
Davenport, who also underwent surgery on his right shoulder in January, are hoping to recover at training camp. But the finger problem threw an unexpected wrench into his schedule.
Davenport said pinkie has been a nagging problem since he first tore ligaments in it during his Texas-San Antonio junior year in a bowl game in 2016. After being heavily bent over time, he finally got it repaired surgically in 2021. But then he broke the plate that was inserted out of season and had three more surgeries, which ultimately resulted in the amputation.
Davenport does not believe it will affect his performance, noting that he had already learned to adapt to the bent finger. He insisted he has maintained a positive attitude through another injury-plagued offseason.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive end has flashed huge potential throughout his four-year career, highlighted by his career-best nine sacks in just 11 games played last season. However, he has missed a total of 18 matches with a variety of forms of support, including toe, foot, elbow, shoulder and chest injuries.
The Saints picked up his fifth-year option worth $ 9.5 million for the 2022 season. As a first-round pick in 2018, he is scheduled to become an unlimited free agent by 2023.