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Zach Strief back in Saints starting lineup

Drew Brees, Zach Strief AP

The Saints offensive line will get Zach Strief back at right tackle this week.

Strief has missed the last five games with a knee injury, but he practiced fully on Wednesday and coach Sean Payton said he will start Sunday against the Buccaneers. That should be a good thing for a Saints line that struggled terribly against the Rams in Week Eight, allowing six sacks on their way to a 31-21 loss.

Their depth took a hit, though. Charles Brown, who had been playing in Strief’s place, is headed to injured reserve with a hip flexor injury according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Brown, a second-round pick in 2010, played fairly well in his early outings, but gave up two of the sacks against the Rams. He’s had several injuries in his brief time in the NFL and underwent back surgery during the offseason.

The Saints signed offensive lineman Ray Willis to take his place on the roster. Willis started 26 games in six years with the Seahawks before missing all of last season with a knee injury. He spent training camp with the Dolphins, but didn’t make the team.

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5 Responses to “Zach Strief back in Saints starting lineup”
  1. musicman495 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:53 PM

    I still don’t understand why the Saints had to let John Stinchcomb go, instead of just demoting him to backup. Would he really be worse than some guy who could not make the 0-50 Dolphins?

  2. goawayeverybody says: Nov 2, 2011 10:08 PM

    That’s true musicman, however, Stinchcomb is retired now so he must be “done.”

  3. scomibord says: Nov 2, 2011 11:10 PM

    thank god strief is back. brown was absolutely horrible last week!

  4. berguli says: Nov 3, 2011 1:25 AM

    im so glad they “fired” his ass…. your not a good man charlie brown, gtfo….

    and get out of the box payton! get back on the field, and do your job, save the whiny leg fracture stuff for your offdays.

    time for the saints O-line to protect the QB.

  5. cowboycjn says: Nov 3, 2011 7:47 AM

    Saints need help all along their line, not only defense but also offensive where someone can open holds for runners to gain yards. They fell apart not protecting Brees, they don’t make their blocks on offense to provide openings for runners. All Brees can do is pass, pass, pass. So with no running game yes, the other team knows the play before it happens and yes, they kill us everytime.

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