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McKenzie Out for Season; Saints Sign Torrence

The Saints report that CB Mike McKenzie will have surgery to repair his broken right kneecap and be placed on injured reserve. The Saints have also claimed former Washington Redskins CB Leigh Torrence who was cut last week after the Redskins signed former Oakland CB DeAngelo Hall.

McKenzie has been the starting left cornerback for the Saints since being acquired from the Green Bay Packers in 2004. A 10-year veteran, he has played in 63 games for New Orleans, intercepted 12 passes, made 226 tackles, and forced a fumble. McKenzie will undergo the surgery to repair his kneecap this week. After playing seven games in the 2008 season, McKenzie has 25 tackles, 3 pass defenses, and one interception.

Torrence is in his third year as a pro, having played in 35 regular season games with one start, making 43 tackles on defense and 29 tackles on special teams. So far in the 2008 season, Torrence has played in all nine games, recording 9 tackles as a reserve back and 11 on special teams. Torrence was originally from Stanford University where he was a former sprinter. He went undrafted but was originally signed in 2005 by the Atlanta Falcons and joined Washington in 2006.

Fullback Mike Karney will also be out two to four weeks with a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

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