A Saints LB corps already facing a season without the suspended Jonathan Vilma has suffered a further blow with the loss of backup LB Chris Chamberlain. Chamberlain suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee in the second quarter of Friday night’s exhibition game against the Jaguars.
Chamberlain’s injury occurred in the second quarter on the first play following a Saints turnover. He signed with the Saints this offseason after four years in St. Louis, including three with Steve Spagnuolo, now the Saints’ defensive coordinator. Chamberlain was a full-time starter for the Rams in 2011, in addition to being a quality special-teamer in his time in St. Louis.
In the opening few weeks of training camp, Chamberlain had been working as a backup weakside and middle linebacker and was involved in several of the Saints’ special-teams units.