Saints’ McKenzie to be placed on IR

Mike McKenzie suffered his second major injury on the same knee in two seasons. (John Bazemore / Associated Press)

Mike McKenzie suffered his second major injury on the same knee in two seasons. (John Bazemore / Associated Press)

Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie suffered another major injury on his right knee during his team’s 34-20 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

McKenzie fractured his right patella (bone that protects the knee joint), is scheduled to have surgery this week and will be placed on injured reserve, Saints coach Sean Payton said during his Monday press conference.

McKenzie suffered the injury when his knee hit the Georgia Dome’s artificial turf while attempting to make a tackle on Falcons receiver Michael Jenkins.

Less than a year ago, McKenzie tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee during a Week 16 game against Philadelphia. McKenzie missed the Saints’ season opener while still recovering from last season’s knee injury. He played in seven games, including six starts, and entered Week 10 with 23 tackles and one interception.

“It would be a little easier to take if I got rolled up on,” McKenzie said after Sunday’s game. “This is the second time it just got caused by the turf.

“That turf was pretty tough today. … As soon as my knee hit directly on that turf, I felt it break.”

The Saints have other injury issues to contend with.

Fullback Mike Karney is expected to miss two to four weeks with a right MCL sprain.

Tight end Jeremy Shockey is day to day with right ankle soreness and swelling.

Offensive tackle Jonathan Stinchcomb has a right calf strain, but Payton said that he was encouraged by reports Monday on Stinchcomb’s condition.

Running back Reggie Bush may be able to play in the Saints’ next game, against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

“We’ll have a more accurate report on Wednesday,” Payton said. “We are hopeful he will be able to play this week.”

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