METAIRIE, La. — Saints Coach Sean Payton gave no official update on the status of Jabari Greer but did call the knee injury significant.
Greer, the fifth-year cornerback, left the game with 7:46 to play in the first quarter after coming down awkwardly on his left leg. He had just broken up a pass from San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick intended for receiver Jon Baldwin.
“I know he’s visiting with the doctors and I’ll probably have more information for you tomorrow,” Payton said. “It was a significant injury, but the specifics I’d rather wait to give you tomorrow. And we’re just kinda keeping our fingers crossed with him.”
It doesn’t look good, however.
“That was a tough one because you kind of saw it but didn't know it was that bad,” receiver Robert Meachem said. “And just seeing how he is today, knowing things are going to be a little different around here.”
Depending on the diagnosis, the injury could be the most significant in Greer’s five years with the Saints. He has missed time with a sports hernia and concussion in the past, but none were season-ending.
Greer is seventh on the team in tackles with 30 and leads the team with 12 passes defensed. He also had one tackle for a loss and one interception. His leadership could be the more significant loss if he’s done for the year.
“You know, it’s always difficult when someone like Jabari, who’s been with us and been a staple of what we’ve done defensively, goes down with an injury like he sustained,” Payton said.
Payton said he spoke with Greer in the hospital and described the player’s spirits as being “as well as could be expected.”
“He’s a strong person and it’s something that nonetheless is still difficult,” Payton said. “But he seemed to be hanging in there and he was with his family.”
Meachem said Greer’s mood in the locker room Monday morning was good considering what happened to him a day earlier.
Most people would probably be down, but he wasn't,” Meachem said. “He didn't act like he was down, and if he is down, he was hiding it well.”