Kikaha (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp, Amos Morale III of NOLA.com reports.
Kikaha tore his ACL during OTAs over a year ago, and he's finally recovered. The former second-round pick participated in team drills Thursday without any signs of his knee slowing him down and noted that he "feels great physically." Barring any setbacks, he projects to start at defensive end in Week 1.
Kikaha (knee) is aiming to be fully recovered in time for training camp, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.
Kikaha tore his ACL during OTAs over a year ago but is inching closer and closer to taking the field once again. Look for more updates to come when training camp nears, as the defensive lineman will likely remain doing limited repetitions for the remainder of minicamp.
A 2015 second-round pick out of Washington, Kikaha racked up 52 tackles, four sacks, two passes defensed, and four forced fumbles in 15 games during his rookie campaign. The young pass rusher was expected to start at defensive end across from Cameron Jordan in 2016, but he missed the entire season after tearing his ACL during OTAs. Although the Saints drafted signed former Cardinal Alex Okafor and drafted defensive ends Trey Hendrickson and Al-Quadin Muhammad in the third and sixth rounds, respectively, of the 2017 NFL Draft, Kikaha remains the most likely candidate to start at defensive end, assuming he's healthy.
Kikaha missed all of last season after suffering his third torn ACL since starting college at Washington in 2010. That unfortunate occurrence followed an impressive rookie campaign in which Kikaha finished with 52 tackles, four sacks, and four fumbles forced. Although the Saints will rightfully be cautious with Kikaha going forward, having him participate in offseason workouts represents the first step in ensuring he returns to the fold this season.
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