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  • Mike TriplettESPN Staff Writer Close
    • Covered Saints for eight years at New Orleans Times-Picayune
    • Previously covered LSU football, San Francisco 49ers
    • Iowa native and University of Iowa graduate

METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport shared a photo of himself while recovering from surgery on Tuesday and revealed on social media that he had been "dealing with what was considered a season-ending injury."

But the first-round draft pick added, "I promise to come back better."

Specific details of the surgery — or a timetable for his recovery — were not immediately known. Davenport missed three games in November with a toe injury. His photo showed his right foot heavily wrapped.

The Saints made a major investment in Davenport, trading their 2019 first-round pick to the Green Bay Packers to move up from No. 27 to No 14 in last year's draft.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder from Texas-San Antonio had a solid rookie season while playing about 30 snaps per game as a rotational edge rusher. He had 4.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hits, seven tackles for loss and a forced fumble in 15 games played, including the playoffs.

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