This morning, Nick Underhill reported that 2015 second round pick Hau’oli Kikaha had torn his ACL. Hau’oli Kikaha will likely miss the entire season with the injury.
Kikaha suffered a torn ACL, according to a source
— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) June 9, 2016
Hau’oli Kikaha had already suffered two ACL tears in college in his left knee. We are still waiting for additional details on the injury. After playing at the strong-side linebacker position last season, Kikaha was going to move down to defensive end, the position he played in college.
Last season, Kikaha managed to sack opposing quarterbacks four times in the first six games. He wasn’t able to keep up the production after sustaining an ankle injury and moving to more of a traditional linebacker position.
The Saints depth is sure to be tested. Thus far in OTAs, Kasim Edebali and Obum Gwacham have played behind Kikaha at the weak-side defensive end position. The Saints will likely rely on Edebali, Gwacham, and Davis Tull to man the position.
Kasim Edebali notched 5 sacks in a limited role last season. His production has increased in each of his seasons, and it’ll likely increase once again as he should see more snaps. Obum Gwacham managed 2.5 sacks in only 97 snaps. Davis Tull spent all of last season on the injured reserve.
As more details come out, we will make sure to share the information.