Backup New Orleans Saints linebacker Chris Chamberlain’s season is done after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the second quarter of Friday night’s exhibition game.
The reserve linebacker tweeted the results of his MRI Saturday afternoon, saying, “Definitely been feeling the love of my friends, family and the #WHODATNATION! Unfortunately my season is over but working for 2013 begins!”
Chamberlain’s injury happened in the second quarter on the first play following a Saints turnover. Jacksonville ran running back Montell Owens to the right end with 8 minutes, 52 seconds to go in the first half.
He was stopped for a two-yard gain, but as the play ended, Chamberlain went down, writing in pain. Defensive back Marquis Johnson immediately waved over trainers for help.
Minutes later, Chamberlain was helped off the field.
New Orleans also had receiver Andy Tanner and safety Isa Abdul-Quddus leave the game early with an ankle injury and a concussion, respectively.
Chamberlain signed with the Saints this offseason after four years in St. Louis, including three with Steve Spagnuolo, now the Saints’ defensive coordinator. He was a full-time starter in 2011.
In the opening few weeks of training camp, Chamberlain had been working as a backup weakside and middle linebacker. He also was involved in several of the Saints’ special teams units.