Huge Blow: Just In Two Most Valuable Saints Stars Confirmed Injured During OTA practice

**Dennis Allen Updates on Injuries to Chase Young and Kool-Aid McKinstry**

The New Orleans Saints’ key defensive offseason acquisitions, Chase Young and Kool-Aid McKinstry, are both managing injuries. Defensive end Chase Young underwent surgery for a neck injury that plagued him during the 2023 season, while rookie cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry suffered a Jones fracture in his foot.

Saints head coach Dennis Allen provided updates on both players on Wednesday.


“He’s been present every day, attending all meetings. During practice, he’s focused on rehab and doing what he can. He’s highly motivated for a successful year and has been progressing well in his recovery. We’ll have a more detailed update on his status in a week or two, which should clarify his expected return. He’s doing everything we ask of him and is committed to being a part of this team.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in March that Young’s neck injury would likely keep him out “into training camp,” but he is expected to return before the season begins. Young signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Saints in March.


“There’s a chance he’ll be back [next week]. While he won’t participate in team drills, he might engage in walkthroughs and individual activities. His progress is on track.”

Allen mentioned that he anticipated McKinstry returning to the field in June after the Saints selected him 41st overall in April. McKinstry signed a four-year, $9.1 million contract, with $7.2 million guaranteed, in late May.

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