Report: Saints edge rusher Junior Galette to avoid surgery on injured pectoral muscle _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) and New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Kasim Edebali (91) work on technique at practice at the Saints Training Facility during OTAs in Metairie.

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After working all winter to solidify their defense, the Saints opened their offseason program wondering if they’d be without their best pass rusher.

News broke last week that edge rusher Junior Galette suffered a pectoral injury, which put his availability for the early portion of the season — if not all of it — in doubt. Now, however, it appears last year’s leader in sacks will avoid the operating table.

Galette recently received a second opinion from noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who determined the injury could be managed through rest and rehabilitation, according to the NFL Network.

Galette suffered the injury while lifting weights and now could potentially be available for the start of the season.

More to come …