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 battled 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.