The news about Alex Okafor’s injury reportedly is as dire as the presence of the cart indicates. (Chuck Cook / USA Today)

The New Orleans Saints have been looking for all the world like they’re on the brink of a special season, piling up victory after victory after an 0-2 start.

But they have lost the services of a significant player with the report Monday that defensive end Alex Okafor will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Okafor, a pass rusher who signed a one-year deal with the team as a free agent, was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of the Saints’ overtime victory over the Washington Redskins.

Okafor had started all 10 games for the Saints, who have won eight games in a row, and was second on the team with 4 1/2 sacks. He has 43 tackles (27 solo) and two forced fumbles.

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