NEW ORLEANS -- Saints running back Deuce McAllister had
surgery Thursday to repair ligaments he tore in his left knee
during Monday night's 31-14 loss to Tennessee.
Dr. James Andrews, in Birmingham, Ala., 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 said.
"We are very pleased to hear that Deuce's surgery went well,"
Loomis said. "We're confident that his rehabilitation will go well
and everyone in the Saints organization is looking forward to
having Deuce back on the field in a Saints uniform in 2008."
McAllister, in a statement released by the team, thanked
everyone for their prayers and well wishes. "I'm eager to begin
the rehab process and to get back with my teammates as soon as
possible," he said.
McAllister had 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, the Saints' career leading rusher
said he was worried.
"Once I got to the sideline, I knew it," McAllister said this
week. "I didn't want to believe it, but just taking the walk to
the locker room I could feel it just kind of giving way a little
bit and that was just kind of reminiscent of how the other one
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 a playoff victory over Philadelphia.