Kenny Vaccaro might have played his final game as a member of the New Orleans Saints. After battling injuries throughout the season, the safety was placed on injured reserve on Thursday, bringing his season to a close. With free agency looming, Vaccaro battled through a wrist injury that bothered him from the start of the season. But it was a groin injury he suffered on Nov. 5 that will end his season. It never healed as hoped and require surgery to repair an adductor, according to a source. Vaccaro tried to come back from the groin injury after missing two weeks but was knocked out of action again on Dec. 7 against the Atlanta Falcons. After traveling to Minnesota to meet with a soft-tissue specialist who specializes in keeping players healthy, the safety was back on the field for last week’s game against the New York Jets. At the time, he said he expected to be fine to play through the injury, stating that he felt better than he had all season after seeing the specialist and having extra time to rest following the Thursday game against Atlanta. He responded by recording 10 tackles in a win over the Jets, but a source said Vaccaro was essentially "playing on one leg." Statistically, Vaccaro was enjoying what might have been his best season before suffering the injury. He had three interceptions in his first eight games, continuing a hot streak from the season before when closed with two interceptions in his final four games. But the safety did not finish that season either after being suspended for the last month after testing positive for Adderall.
Source: Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro placed on injured reserve due to groin injury
The Advocate | Dec 21