Saints cornerback Damian Swann likely out for season after suffering third concussion _lowres


Rookie Saints cornerback Damian Swann suffered his third concussion of the season on Sunday, a source confirmed to The Advocate on Monday.

ESPN reported the news first.

Swann, who has been sidelined with a concussion in each of the last three games he’s played, is likely done for the season.

Saints coach Sean Payton declined to confirm Swann’s injury information during his Monday press conference.

“Before I issue a statement on that, we’ll make sure we have all the information from the doctors and specialists,” Payton said. “We’ll wait and see what the doctors come back with and kind of go from there.”

When he’s been healthy, the fifth-round pick has shown the kind of promise the Saints were hoping to see when they selected him out of Georgia.

Used mostly in the slot in seven games of action, Swann has made 22 tackles, broken up four passes and added a tackle-for-loss.

But the concussions have persisted. Swann, who had never suffered a concussion before this season, was hit with his first when his head struck the ground against Philadelphia, and the same thing happened against New York two weeks later.

Swann made his return on Sunday, making four tackles before a hit on Tampa Bay running back Charles Sims forced him from the game again and put the rookie back in the concussion protocol.

But Swann’s spirits remained high, indicated by a series of tweets on Sunday night and morning.

“I’ll be back! Shoutout to my bros! Great W!” Swann tweeted Sunday night, then added another message on Monday morning. “Ain’t (nothing) wrong with a (little) adversity.”