For the New Orleans Saints, protecting future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees is always the top priority but now, they’re going to have to find a different way to do that after receiving bad news. First reported by NFL Network Insider, Ian Rapoport, starting left-tackle, Terron Armstead, is heading under the knife, on Monday to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. That’s a huge hit to the Saints offensive line that’s already without center, Max Unger, who had foot surgery back in May. Armstead will reportedly be out for the next four-to-six months after sustaining the injury on the second day of Saints mini-camp on Wednesday. In 2016, the black and gold led the league in total offense, averaging 426 yards per game. That’s despite Armstead missing nine games last season.
Saints mini-camp also offered the first real look at the new running back tandem of Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson. Of course, the former is the incumbent starter while the latter is just two years removed from being the league’s rushing leader with the Minnesota Vikings. In 2016, Ingram temporarily lost his starting job following a fumble versus the Seattle Seahawks. He later recovered to become the first Saints running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards, in a season since Deuce McAllister in 2006. Despite the heightened level of competition this off-season, Brees and Ingram appear to be all-in on all-day.
Brees said, “Obviously, there’s a ton of excitement around the signing of Adrian Peterson. But let’s not forget that we have Mark Ingram, and I think the combination of those two guys is what makes us even more formidable.”
New Orleans Saints Running Back, Mark Ingram, said, “It’s pretty much been the makeup of this backfield has been numerous guys that can start anywhere in the league. And coming from college to my rookie year to two years ago till last year, it’s always been a number of guys that are very, very talented and very athletic. Competition is nothing new.”
Saints mini-camp ran Tuesday through Thursday. They will hold their training camp back in Metairie for the first time since 2013 in July.