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Report: Saints LB Will Smith Out For The Season

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Saints LB Will Smith is expected to be out for the entire 2013 season after he suffered a knee injury against the Texans.

The Saints asked Smith to change his position from defensive end to outside linebacker this season as they move to a 3-4 base defense. Smith reportedly dropped weight to make the transition.

Smith, 32, is under contract through the 2014 season, but it is a candidate for release next offseason. He stands to make $10.4 million next year and has a $1 million roster bonus. If the Saints intend to stick with the 3-4 defense, there’s almost no way he’s brought back given the knee injury, total salary and his overall fit in their defensive scheme.


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