The Saints fired two team orthopedists after learning they had diagnosed cornerback Delvin Breaux with a contusion even though Breaux really has a fractured fibula, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett.
The news that orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri were fired comes just two days after a report that said the Saints were looking to trade Breaux because they were frustrated with his injury history. That trade report was then followed by a report that X-rays taken Monday revealed the injury to Breaux’s left leg was “more serious” than a contusion.
NFL teams cannot trade injured players because trades are conditioned on players being able to pass a physical.
“It was accurately reported that the team has had an issue with Breaux’s string of nagging injuries in the past, but this case is different,” Triplett wrote.
Breaux played in only six games last season because of injuries. The defensive back has missed most of training camp with his fractured leg, which will now require surgery and is expected to keep him sidelined for four to six weeks.