Cameron Jordan recently underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his lower back, a source told The Advocate on Sunday.
The New Orleans Saints’ standout defensive end is expected to make a full recovery and is not expected to miss much time. The procedure was to clean up something in his lower back.
The issue is said to have been minor. Jordan played through the injury late last season, including during the Pro Bowl. He played 981 snaps (92 percent) last season, tops among Saints defensive linemen.
Jason Cole of Bleacher Report first reported the news.
Jordan has alluded to the procedure on social media in recent days. When safety Kenny Vaccaro commented on players losing muscle mass after surgery, Jordan replied by saying, “That’s what I keep tellin myself 8 weeks of rehabbin ain long.”
The 26-year-old did not miss a game last season and finished with 10 sacks. He is expected to be a major part of the defense moving forward.
Jordan agreed to a five-year, $55 million contract extension last offseason. The deal carries $33.469 million in guaranteed money.
He has never missed a game since becoming a first-round pick in the 2011 draft and has 30 sacks in the past three seasons.
Jordan played more of a pass-rushing role last season following the release of Junior Galette. Depending on what moves the Saints make this offseason, he should remain in that role moving forward.
After the Saints finished last season with 31 sacks, which ranked 28th in the NFL, coach Sean Payton recently said that improving in that area is one of the team’s biggest offseason goals.
“I think we saw that in the (Super Bowl),” he said, referencing the Denver Broncos’ pass rush that recorded six sacks during its victory over the Carolina Panthers.