Ulcerative colitis shelves Mauti for rest of 2016 season

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Michael Mauti #56 of the New Orleans Saints reacts against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18: Michael Mauti #56 of the New Orleans Saints reacts against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Saints linebacker Michael Mauti said he will miss the rest of the 2016 season to undergo surgery for ulcerative colitis.

The disease is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. Mauti said he has battledĀ  the disease for 4 years. He said doctors told him last Tuesday that surgery would be required.

Mauti met with reporters Tuesday. He said he plans to play for the Saints in 2017.

Mauti played the first 8 games. He was inactive for Sunday's 25-23 loss to Denver.

The Saints play at Carolina Thursday night.

Three Saints did not practice Tuesday. They are offensive tackle Terron Armstead, cornerback Delvin Breaux, and running back Daniel Lasco.