Oct 13, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead (72) during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Saints 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Whether you knew it or not, Terron Armstead underwent ‘minor’ hand surgery Tuesday. Armstead announced via Twitter that he was going in for the procedure, and like most of the Saints players, Armstead received nothing but the best wishes and prayers from Who Dat Nation.
Armstead would tweet later:
"“Surgery was a success! Huge thanks to everyone for their prayers and concerns. #WhoDat,” -Armstead via Twitter"
Offseason surgery is very common in today’s NFL. It’s a subtle event that usually flies under the radar, but in reality, it’s a price that many players pay for the season’s toll of work. Just last offseason, Jimmy Graham had a procedure performed to fix his troublesome wrist injury sustained during the 2012 regular season that he played through.
Armstead’s journey has been a very good story, as he is on an extremely short list of professional football players to emerge from Arkansas Pine-Bluff. His NFL combine record in the 40-yard dash for an offensive lineman caught the eye of many scouts, and Armstead would eventually be drafted by the Saints as the 75th overall pick. He’d play in just six games for the black and gold, but would earn his first start after the Charles Brown debacle. He’d be roughed up by Panthers pass rusher Greg Hardy in his first start, and then ‘hold his own’ so to speak after.
Armstead is completely expected to be ready for OTAs, and should be a lock for the team’s starting left tackle job in 2014.
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