November 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) at the line against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 49ers defeated the Saints 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The beat down by the San Francisco 49ers on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday wasn’t just the score, it was on an offensive line that all but wilted in the later part of the game largely due to injuries. That situation could only get worse.
Starting right tackle Zach Strief has been down with a groin injury since the Philadelphia Eagles game almost three weeks ago. Backup tackle Charles Brown came in for Strief and did a formidable job even against the Atlanta Falcons.
Then disaster struck again last week when Brown went down against the Oakland Raiders with a knee injury and rookie tackle Bryce Harris stepped in for the injured Brown. The Saints signed tackle William Robinson the Monday after since Harris was the only option with Strief still out.
Strief was limited in practice leading up to the 49ers game and was questionable to play. The Saints deemed he wasn’t healed yet and Harris started for the game. Yet early in the first quarter he went down with a knee injury and had to be carted off the field.
Robinson started in his place because frankly he was the only one the Saints had left. The 49ers took advantage of this and worked the right side of the offensive line and beat them drum.
Interim head coach Joe Vitt said Monday that that Strief is close to playing for Thursday but would look at some offensive tackles just in case he can’t and Robinson is ther only option.
With the right tackle department looking mighty slim right now the Saints could have just a few options but should take a look at a few veterans. A decision should come shortly since the Saints will be facing the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.