Saints running back Deuce McAllister is recovering tonight after successfully undergoing surgery to repair ligaments torn in his left knee during Monday night's 31-14 loss to Tennessee.
Doctor James Andrews, in Birmingham, Alabama, repaired McAllister's anterior cruciate ligament and then cleaned up his right knee, which had been surgically repaired following a similar tear in October 2005. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis says they're confident that McAllister's rehab will go well and everyone with the team is looking forward to his return in 2008.
McAllister, in a statement released by the team, thanked everyone for their prayers and well wishes. He says he's eager to begin rehab so he can get back to his teammates as soon as possible.
McAllister suffered the second season-ending knee injury in three seasons during the second quarter of the team's home opener. He landed awkwardly after catching a short pass from Drew Brees. And, though he walked off the field on his own, the Saints' all-time leading rusher said he was worried. He says when he got to the sideline, he knew the knee was damaged.
Five games into the 2005 season, McAllister tore his right ACL during a run in Green Bay. After reconstructive surgery, he returned to rush for 1,057 yards in 2006, helping the Saints to the NFC South title and starring in their playoff victory over Philadelphia.