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Saints OLB Junior Galette Doesn’t Need Surgery, Could Be Ready For Week 1

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Dr. James Andrews informed Saints OLB Junior Galette that he won’t need to undergo pectoral surgery, and will instead require just rest and rehab.

According to Rapoport, there is a chance that Galette could be available for the start of season now that surgery isn’t required.

Had Galette needed surgery, he was likely to miss most, if not, all of the 2015 regular season.

Galette, 26, signed a six-year, $45.3 million contract that included $23 million guaranteed with the Saints back in September of last year. He had base salaries of $1.25 million (2015), $5 million (2016), $5.2 million (2017), $6.4 million (2018), and $7.3 million (2019) coming his way over the next five years.

New Orleans elected to rework his contract back in March and free up some additional cap space.

Galette was involved in a domestic-violence incident back in January, but the charges against him were later dropped.

In 2014, Galette appeared in all 16 games for the Saints and recorded 45 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, two safeties and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 4 defensive end in a 4-3 defense out of 59 qualifying players.