New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport apparently had quite an offseason.
The former first-round pick told reporters on Wednesday that he had part of his left pinky amputated due to a recurring infection from a broken plate installed after an injury in college, according to The Athletic's Katherine Terrell.
He also reportedly underwent shoulder surgery this spring, in addition to the multiple surgeries needed for the finger.
Marcus Davenport has dealt with some crazy stuff this off-season. Had to amputate part of his left pinky due to a recurring infection from a broken plate that dates back to a football injury in college. This required multiple surgeries this spring in addition to shoulder surgery
— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) June 15, 2022
Per ESPN, the original finger injury came during UTSA's appearance in the 2016 New Mexico Bowl. Davenport reportedly tore ligaments in the finger, leading it to bend significantly over time and requiring surgery in 2021. The plate reportedly broke this offseason, requiring three more surgeries before the digit was amputated.
Davenport reportedly said he doesn't believe the amputation will affect his performance, though the procedure has apparently thrown off his recovery timetable from the shoulder surgery.
Davenport is coming off a career-best season in which he posted nine sacks and 39 total tackles in 11 games. Injuries have been a recurring issue in his career, as he has never played more than 13 games in a regular season. He missed six games last year with pectoral injury and a shoulder injury.
Despite those problems, the Saints still picked up Davenport's $9.5 million fifth-year option for this season. The team traded up to draft him 14th overall in the 2018 NFL draft, and now he's scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency next summer.