Saints offensive line health remains a concern
The common thought process is that having a bye heals all wounds and enables an NFL team to be as healthy as they can be in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
It is a pretty common occurrence and a sound process. Just don’t tell Sean Payton and Dan Roushar.
The Saints released their first injury report for their contest Sunday against the world champion Philadelphia Eagles and it includes four of their five starting offensive linemen and the most important reserve.
Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Ryan Ramczyk and Larry Warford were all limited while Jermon Bushrod was limited as well.
Armstead has the lingering pectoral muscle injury which has cause him to miss six games and part of two others, the second straight year Armstead has missed six games. Peat has a hand injury which he suffered against the Panthers in the regular season finale. Ramczyk is nursing a shoulder injury and Warford is battling a knee injury.
Bushrod, the reserve left tackle, is still dealing with a hamstring problem.
Starting defensive end Alex Okafor was also limited with a hyperextended knee injury suffered in the game against the Panthers.
Defensive end Michael Bennett (foot) and Carson Wentz did not practice for the Eagles today while six players were limited, including linebacker D.J. Alexander (hamstring), cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring), tackle Jason Peters (quadricep), and three key wide receivers, including Alshon Jeffrey (ribs), Golden Tate (knee) and Mike Wallace (ankle).
The Saints offensive line was dominant in the 48-7 whipping of the Eagles on Nov. 18 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mark Ingram rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns while Alvin Kamara rushed 13 times for 71 yards and Drew Brees had time to complete 22 of 30 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 153.2.
While the Saints are 9.5 point favorites, the offensive line concern is legitimate. If healthy, the Saints should live up to the expectations. If Armstead cannot go, Bushrod is needed. Otherwise, Peat has to move outside with rookie Will Clapp moving inside. Basically, all three options at left tackle have injury issues.
We will certainly know more by Friday.
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