After suffering a heartbreaking 35-34 loss to the Oakland Raiders Sunday, the New Orleans Saints fear starting cornerback Delvin Breaux suffered a broken fibula.

According to multiple reports, early indications from Breaux's injury suggest a broken fibula, though no official word has been released from the team.

A typical broken fibula takes 6 to 8 weeks to recover from.

Breaux, one of the best players on the Saints, missed a few series in the first half as trainers looked at his leg. He re-entered the game in the third quarter, before going down with the injury that took him out the game for good.

 

Cornerback is arguably the thinnest position on the roster. P.J. Williams starts opposite Breaux, playing in his first NFL season (spent last year on IR as a rookie). Back up cornerbacks currently on the roster include undrafted rookies De'Vante Harris and Ken Crawley, along with veteran backup Sterling Moore, who was inactive for today's game.

Overcoming injury is something Breaux does well.

Once a high school standout in New Orleans McDonogh 35, he earned a football scholarship to LSU. In his senior year of high school, he broke his neck in three places, leading doctors to give him the news he’d never play football again.

Breaux did play football again, going from semi-pro, to Arena, to the CFL and eventually his hometown New Orleans Saints.

He was voted defensive MVP for 2015 by his teammates at the Saints team luncheon last week.

UPDATE: Breaux underwent surgery Monday to repair his broken fibula. The Saints hope to have him back by midseason.