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Saints short a blocker, with starter Charles Brown out

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One of the most important jobs in New Orleans is protecting quarterback Drew Brees’ blind side.

And at the moment, the first option is just watching, as has been too often the case.

According to Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, starter Charles Brown was on the sidelines with trainers during OTAs Thursday.

Saints coach Sean Payton said only that the injury happened in the weight room, but didn’t specify any further.

Brown would have likely had the first shot to replace Jermon Bushrod, who signed with the Bears this offseason.

Brown finished last year on injured reserve with a knee injury, and has battled back and hip problems in his career.

If he’s not there, the Saints have several options.

Former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith started in Brown’s place in Thursday’s practice, and the Saints drafted Terron Armstead in the third round with an eye toward eventually competing for that job.

None of those are ideal options, as Brown was kind of a fill-in, Smith’s more of a right tackle who hasn’t lived up to his draft status and Armstead’s a raw third-rounder from Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

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10 Responses to “Saints short a blocker, with starter Charles Brown out”
  1. saintsly says: May 23, 2013 3:30 PM

    Nothing to panic about.

  2. michaeljacksonisback says: May 23, 2013 3:31 PM

    This Rams fan says cut Jason smith before he gets yours QB murdered!!!

  3. blitzinc43 says: May 23, 2013 3:49 PM

    Why draft Vaccaro? Should of got a mauler along with Armstead

  4. nothinbutathang says: May 23, 2013 4:03 PM

    I Foresee allot of Tight end sets to the left side of the Saints offensive line this year.

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 23, 2013 4:15 PM

    Maybe they could replace him with Linus Van Pelt.

  6. marcinhouston says: May 23, 2013 4:18 PM

    Charles Brown was an imaginary starter. Anyone who penciled him in was delusional. The guy has done nothing but get hurt the instant he touches the field. He once missed 10 weeks because he ate a handful of peanuts that were packaged in a plant that also handles grass, to which he is violently allergic.

  7. dkeyser says: May 23, 2013 4:18 PM

    nothinbutathang says:
    May 23, 2013 4:03 PM
    I Foresee allot of Tight end sets to the left side of the Saints offensive line this year.
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    This year wouldnt be the first time that has had to happen. They did the same exact thing when Jamaal Brown went down with injury and Bushrod had to start in 2008. They kept Shockey in a lot to help ease the burden. They could do the same thing this year if they have to start Armstead and they may have to keep Watson in to block more.

  8. scalfor3 says: May 23, 2013 8:39 PM

    He got hurt when Lucy pulled the football away

  9. saints4life57 says: May 23, 2013 11:11 PM

    We have coach Payton back so it doesn’t matter! He will figure something out for us!

  10. droyer85 says: May 24, 2013 1:12 AM

    “Brown would have likely had the first shot to replace Jermon Bushrod”

    Glad you’re so certain that he’s done for the season.

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