Saints’ top pick, Marcus Davenport, to undergo thumb surgery

cowboys_068The New Orleans Saints’ top draft pick, defensive end Marcus Davenport, will have thumb surgery after this week’s three-day minicamp, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. But the source described it as no big deal and said Davenport is expected to be fine by the start of training camp in late July.

The news was first reported by the New Orleans Advocate.

Man, he’s big and he’s long. He’s a tremendous worker … He’s coming along really well, Saints coach Sean Payton said recently when asked for his early impressions of the rookie. There’s a strength element you feel — and obviously we’re not in pads, but you saw it when he played (in college). And now it’s really working on his pass rush, working on his pass-rush plan and developing the three different pitches he needs to be effective when it’s not just playing the run. But obviously he, like the rest of that rookie class, has got a lot being installed. But he’s handling it well. It’s been really encouraging.

I also believe that based on my production over the last 8 years that I’ve earned the right to have this taken care of as soon as possible, Thomas wrote. I want to have certainty in regards to the upcoming years of my career.

Thomas told ESPN at the Pro Bowl in January that he may hold out if he doesn’t get a new deal before the season, and he also skipped the Seahawks’ voluntary OTAs last month. He would be subject to fines if he were to skip minicamp, though teams can decide to not impose them.

I hope my teammates understand where I’m coming from, Thomas wrote. I believe this is the right thing to do.

Seahawks GM John Schneider told reporters before the draft that he was told by Thomas’ representatives that Thomas was not planning on holding out.

This year, the maximum fine amounts for missing minicamp are $14,070 for the first day, $28,150 for the second day and $42,215 for the third day, for a total of $84,435. The Seahawks’ three-day minicamp starts Tuesday.

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