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New Orleans Saints quiet about severity of Zach Strief's injury

The New Orleans Saints still have not released any news on the severity of the injury suffered by starting right tackle Zach Strief, who went down in the third quarter of the teams historic 4th quarter comeback win over the Houston Texans.

Strief stepped back in pass protection and came down akwardly on his right leg.

The replay seemed to reveal an ankle injury, but Strief was carried off by trainers in obvious pain with a badly bloodied knee.

Veteran right tackle Jon Stinchcomb was released early in training camp to clear they way for Strief to assume starting duties.

He has been with the team in a backup role since being drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Northwestern.

Stinchcomb has since retired.

The Saints depth across the offensive line is slim, particularly at right tackle.

Second year offensive lineman Charles Brown is Strief’s backup, and a covertee from left tackle, the position he played at USC.

If Strief is to miss any significant playing time then Brown will get the start in his place.

New Orleans also has two offensive lineman on the practice squad — tackles Will Robinson and Dennis Landholt — who could be promoted to the active roster depending on Strief’s availability.

Head coach Sean Payton will address the media Wednesday after their scheduled days off, and more should be revealed about Strief’s injury at that time.

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