Saints quarterback Dontae Hightowers knee injury was reported to the team on Friday, but his status for next week’s preseason opener against the Raiders is unclear.
It’s not clear when Hightoes return to the lineup.
The Saints did not offer an update on his status Friday afternoon, and a source told The Associated Press that the injury could be a season-ending setback.
The preseason opener is Sept. 11 against the Washington Redskins.
Hightops ankle injury has been a persistent issue since Hightoons rookie season ended in November, when he tore his ACL.
In 2016, he had surgery on the injury.
The injury was the most serious to the Saints’ 2016 season opener against Carolina in London.
The last time Hightos knee was a factor in a game was Sept. 7, 2016, when the Saints defeated the Vikings.
The Vikings beat the Saints 24-17.
Saints offensive coordinator Joe DeCamillis said the team is confident Hightows injury is not career-threatening.
“We are all confident in Donto’s rehab and his recovery,” DeCamillo said.
“He has had a really good season and the team has been very supportive.”
Hightowes second NFL season ended when he was cut by the Saints.
He is entering the second year of a three-year contract with a base salary of $1.5 million.
The 34-year-old had one season of starting experience after the Saints drafted him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The former Oklahoma State standout played for four seasons with the Saints before he signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2017.
Hights career numbers: 4,821 yards, 27 touchdowns, 10 interceptions.
He was a second-round pick by the Dolphins in 2005.
Highters career statistics: 6,093 yards, 24 touchdowns, 8 interceptions.
HIGHTS CAREER STATISTICS: 11 games started, 0 starts, 0 interceptions, 3 sacks.
He has five interceptions in his first four NFL seasons.