Marcus Davenport of the New Orleans Saints had half of his pinkie amputated during this offseason

METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport After breaking a plate in a previous operation and getting an infection, he had to have the top portion his left pinkie fingers amputated.

Davenport also had surgery in January on his right shoulder. He is hopeful that he will be able to train camp and get back to full health. The finger problem caused a major disruption to his schedule.

Davenport explained that the pinkie is a persistent problem since he first tore ligaments there during his junior season at Texas-San Antonio's 2016 bowl game. He finally had it repaired surgically in 2021 after it began to bend over time. The plate that was placed in this offseason broke and he had to have three more surgeries before he could have the amputation.

Davenport says he doesn't think it will impact his performance. He noted that he already had the ability to adjust to the bent fingers. He maintained that he had maintained a positive attitude during another injury-plagued offseason.

He is 6-foot-6 and 265-pounds tall. His career highlights include his record-breaking nine sacks in only 11 games last season. However, he missed 18 games because of a variety of injuries including pectoral, elbow and shoulder injuries.

Saints drafted his fifth-year option for $9.5 million. This will be used to fund the 2022 season. He was a 2018 draft pick and is set to become an unrestricted, free agent in 2023.

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