METAIRIE, La. — Quarterback Chase Daniel has a hairline fracture of his right throwing thumb, keeping him from tossing a football for the next 2 ½ weeks.
Additionally, defensive end Greg Romeus will miss the next 6-8 months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He had just come back after rehabbing his right knee from ACL surgery.
“He was just running down the field and his non-surgical knee gave on him…,” acting head coach Joe Vitt said. “This kid has really worked hard. The whole team feels bad for him, the coaching staff feels bad for him. It’s part of the game. This kid has put in the time, he has put in the effort and he has to go through the whole process all over again.”
Daniel, meanwhile, injured his hand when he hit it on a helmet, Vitt said. Surgery isn’t required and he’ll be ready for training camp.
In an interview after practice, Daniel said if this were the regular season, he would be ready to play. He stressed that the injury was more like a sprain than a break, comparing it to a jammed finger.
The injury happened earlier in the week during two-minute drills, Daniel said, though he wouldn’t name whose helmet he hit his hand on, saying, “That’s not important.”
Both were among the handful of players who sat out Wednesday’s final organized team activity (OTA). The team is scheduled for a team-building activity Thursday.
Running back Darren Sproles missed with an excused absence while linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (back) continued sitting out this offseason.
Rookie defensive tackle Akiem Hicks also didn’t practice, his right hand and wrist wrapped as well, though Vitt didn’t go into detail as to how he was injured.
Running backs Mark Ingram (knee) and Chris Ivory (hamstring) sat out.
OTAs are voluntary workouts.