NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Defensive end Darren Howard of the New Orleans Saints, who led the team in sacks in 2002, could miss up to three months with a dislocated right wrist.
Howard was injured in the first half of Sunday's 24-10 season-opening loss at Seattle after colliding with 315-pound offensive tackle Walter Jones.
"I was trying to come around the corner," Howard said after the game. "(Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck) was standing back a little bit. I saw the ball. I leaped and tried to knock the ball out. My weight and Walter Jones' weight came down on my wrist."
Coach Jim Haslett said that the injury may require surgery. Howard will be re-evaluated Monday.
On a defense that ranked 27th in the league last season, Howard registered eight sacks while playing in all 16 games for the third straight season.
The 2000 second-round pick has 25 sacks in 49 career games. He had a career-high 11 sacks in his rookie campaign.