A source tells Underhill that Vaccaro was essentially playing on one leg and he’ll need to undergo surgery to repair his adductor.
Vaccaro was reportedly available for trading at the start of the regular season. However, the Saints did not find a deal worth pursuing involving the former first-round pick.
It’s very possible that Vaccaro’s time in New Orleans is over.
Vaccaro, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Saints back in 2013. He was in the final year of his four-year, $9.425 million contract when the Saints elected to pick up his fifth-year option last year that will pay him $5.676 million for the 2017 season.
Vaccaro will be an unrestricted free agent next year.
In 2017, Vaccaro appeared in 12 games for the Saint and recorded 60 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and seven pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 88 safety out of 88 qualifying players.