The Saints have had a busy day today, as Sean Payton met with the media via conference call today to reveal several things.
For starters, Kenny Vaccaro will undergo surgery for a fractured ankle sustained in yesterday’s game against the Panthers. Vaccaro was caught at the bottom of a pile of players, and I don’t really have to define how bones break. It never looked good for Vaccaro to begin with, as he was carted off the field after the medical staff brought out the air cast. The Saints will miss Vaccaro the rest of the way, that’s a given.
The Charles Brown experiment may be officially over, as Payton also stated that Terron Armstead will start at Left Tackle against the Bucs on Sunday, despite a rough outing yesterday (two sacks allowed, two false start penalties). However, that was the case for the Saints entire offensive line, who allowed six sacks on Drew Brees for the day.
“I felt like he played great, and our line played great,” Brees said. “Some of those sacks were on me, just getting the ball out, especially when we were in field-goal range.”
Payton has stated that Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers is being approached like a playoff game, which in case you missed, was flexed to 3:25PM CST kickoff in the Superdome on Sunday instead of 12PM.
The Saints will be in ‘wait and see’ mode to see if the Falcons can do them any favors by knocking off the Panthers, which would give the Saints another chance to get into the postseason, but more importantly win the NFC South.