Saints conclude OTA's, Romeus likely out for 2012 season

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The Saints have concluded spring on field work, and the 2012 season may be over for defensive end Greg Romeus before it begins.

Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt said Romeus tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee, "just running." Romeus will be out 6 to 8 months and will likely be placed on injured reserve.

Quarterback Chase Daniel didn't throw at practice for the second straight day. Vitt said Daniel hit his thumb on the throwing hand of a teammate. Said Vitt, "We could describe this as a sprain. But, there's a hairline fracture there, so he's not going to throw for the next two and a half weeks. He will be ready for training camp, he's fine, there's no surgery involved. He's in a splint. He will be ready to go."

Vitt said he still expects unsigned quarterback Drew Brees to participate in the start of training camp in late July.

Vitt said the challenges the Saints face in 2012 are "unprecedented." Head coach Sean Payton and middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma have been suspended for the entire season. General manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended eight games, Vitt six games, and defensive end Will Smith four games.

But says Vitt, "This might be the most talented football team we've ever had here."

Last season, the Saints won 13 regular season games, and a playoff game, before being upset at San Francisco in the divisional playoffs.

The Super Bowl will be played February 3, 2013 at the Superdome.

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