Former Auburn defensive back Smoke Monday has confirmed reports of his significant knee injury from earlier in the week. Monday says that he has a torn ACL, which will sideline him for the 2022 season.

Monday shared a statement on his Instagram account:

First of all, let me just say that I’d want to thank the Saints organization for providing me the chance of a lifetime to come and showcase my godly ability. I just want to set the record straight for anyone who might have any concerns about my knee. I have suffered a torn ACL and will miss the season, but I want everyone to know I’m doing great and in good spirits, and will be having surgery very soon. I’m planning to use this time to get healthier and continue to learn the system inside out. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has called to check up on me about my injury. Trust that I’ll be 10 times stronger when I return. God only gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers and I am unquestionably one of them.

Monday was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2020, his junior season. He finished his Auburn career with 58 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception in his senior season. Monday signed with the Saints after the NFL Draft on April 30.

Hopefully, Monday comes back healthy in 2023.