One piece of New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator’s Gregg Williams defensive puzzle has been defensive end Turk McBride. With being injured and not playing since mid-November, you have to wonder where he is heading.
McBride was considered a good offseason snag during free agency to help an ailing defensive front for the Saints. Williams was tickled to grab him and loyal Who Dats were promised great things to come. Lately however, he has been absent from both the playing field as well as the practice field.
McBride who has only appeared in seven games this season, has been noticeably absent since after the Saints bye week at the middle of November. He has been listed as DNP(Did Not Practice) ever since with an ankle injury and come Sunday will have missed three straight games.
The Saints have offered little explanation as to how severe the injury is or if McBride is turning the corner towards recovery. My radar usually goes up when the Saints go the “out of site out of mind” approach in these situations. A few things could be in play for the six year veteran in a couple of weeks.
The first one being that McBride’s ankle injury is a very bad ankle sprain that they are just being cautious with. Rushing him back to the line would only hurt him and the Saints. Besides defensive linemen Tom Johnson and Junior Galette have been filling in nicely.