Saints lose Terron Armstead for 4-6 months with torn labrum

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The Saints’ offense has just been dealt a big blow.

Terron Armstead, the Saints’ starting left tackle, needs surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder and will miss 4-6 months, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. That means a backup will be protecting Drew Brees’ blind side for at least the first six weeks of the regular season, and probably longer.

The very talented Armstead has a long history of injuries and missed nine games last year. The Saints could try to acquire someone to replace him at the start of the season, but starting-caliber left tackles aren’t easy to come by at this time of year, and the Saints don’t have a lot of cap space. If they try to replace Armstead with players already on the roster, veteran tackle Khalif Barnes would seem to be the most likely choice. First-round rookie Ryan Ramczyk may also become the starter at left tackle earlier than the Saints were anticipating.

The Saints are the second NFC team to lose its starting left tackle for 4-6 months. The Lions are also without left tackle Taylor Decker for that long after he suffered a shoulder injury.

10 responses to “Saints lose Terron Armstead for 4-6 months with torn labrum

  1. “experts” put down the Saints for selecting Ram instead of trading for Pat CB…
    (Edward G. Robinson voice, holding a big cigar…)
    “Hows that pick look NOW?”

  2. Wishing Terron a successful surgery and complete recovery. He will be missed on the OL for sure. Next man up….

  3. Is there any other team in the NFL that loses key players before the regular season starts than the Saints? Time to look at the training staff and team doctors…

  4. doubleogator says:
    Jun 16, 2017 2:02 PM

    Is there any other team in the NFL that loses key players before the regular season starts than the Saints? Time to look at the training staff and team doctors…

    Been saying the same for the entire Payton era

  5. And so it begins…Saints always seem to lose half their starting roster before the first preseason game is played…pretty bad blow.

  6. Peat can slide over, he did last year and performed pretty well. We just need someone that can man the LG spot while Peat moves over. If Senio Kelemete or Ryan Ramczyk can fill that spot until Armstead returns we should be alright on the line.

  7. If there are no more injuries on the O-Line, the Saints will be fine. They have not been able to rely on Armstead during his entire career. He has immense talent, but he can’t stay on the field. That pick at #32 looks pretty good now to all of the “draft analysts” I bet!

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