Five issues facing the Saints entering the offseason _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

When Jahri Evans had surgery after the season, the nature of the procedure was kept a secret.

We now know the procedure was done to repair a torn ligament in the New Orleans Saints guard’s wrist. The operation was classified as minor.

A league source said the procedure is not expected to keep Evans out of organized team activities, though it did cause him to miss the Pro Bowl.

Evans suffered the injury at some point during the season and played through it. The 31-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

One of the more interesting storylines of the offseason involves Evans’ $11 million salary-cap number. The Saints enter the offseason $20 million over the cap, and it was expected Evans would be asked to rework his deal to lower his cap number.

But the fact that he played through an injury might explain some of the struggles he endured throughout the season.

WWL-TV first reported the details of Evans’ surgery.