As if the New Orleans Saints had not heard enough bad news surrounding defensive tackle Nick Fairley, more bad news came their way on Friday afternoon. Offensive tackle Terron Armstead, suffering from multiple injuries already, is out for the next 4-6 months due to a labrum tear, suffered in practice on Wednesday.
The news was confirmed by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, and other news outlets.
Armstead signed a five-year extension with the Saints in May 2016, and it included $25 million in guaranteed money.
New Orleans finished the 2016 season with a 7-9 record, but Armstead was a reason the team played well on offense. The Saints’ offense averaged 29.3 points (second in the NFL) and 426 yards (first).
Armstead, 25, missed nine games in 2016 due to injury. And he has had a tough time staying healthy throughout his NFL career. he posted to his Twitter account this morning, regarding his torn labrum.
Heartbroken when I found out I need surgery! No one is more frustrated than me after working so hard. I’ll be back #WhoDatNation STRONGER!!
The Saints are also concerned about the health of center Max Unger. But the loss of both players will affect the offensive play in 2017. Drew Brees can still sling the ball around the field, but will do so without wide receiver Brandin Cooks this season.
A combination of injuries and players lost in the offseason will make it tough for New Orleans to stay competitive in the NFC South, but stranger things have happened. Doing so without Unger, Armstead and Fairley will be a miracle in itself.
The NFL Draft could not have been a bigger blessing for the Saints before the injuries mounted. And selecting Wisconsin left tackle Ryan Ramczyk should be a godsend for the team as they battle through the summer months.