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Saints Place Safety Kenny Vaccaro on Injured Reserve

After battling injuries throughout the season, Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro was placed on injured reserve on Thursday, bringing his season to a close, Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate reports.

With free agency looming, Vaccaro battled through a wrist injury that bothered him from the start of the season. But it was a groin injury he suffered on Nov. 5 that will end his season. It never healed as hoped and will likely require surgery, according to a source.

Vaccaro tried to come back from the groin injury after missing two weeks but was knocked out of action again on Dec. 7 against the Atlanta Falcons. After traveling to Minnesota to meet with a soft-tissue specialist who specializes in keeping players healthy, the safety was back on the field for last week’s game against the New York Jets.

At the time, he said he expected to be fine to play through the injury, stating that he felt better than he had all season after seeing the specialist and having extra time to rest following the Thursday game against Atlanta. He responded by recording 10 tackles in a win over the Jets.

Statistically, Vaccaro was enjoying what might have been his best season before suffering the injury. He had three interceptions in his first eight games, continuing a hot streak from the season before when closed with two interceptions in his final four games. But the safety did not finish that season either after being suspended for the last month after testing positive for Adderall.

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