Sep 21, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Vikings 20-9. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Who Dat Nation can rejoice as the New Orleans Saints won their first game at home against the Minnesota Vikings. That win came at a cost.
New Orleans starting center Johnathan Goodwin was injured in the third quarter and could miss an extended period of time depending on the severity of his leg injury.
Goodwin could not make it off the field under his own power and had to be carted to the sidelines. Backup center Tim Lelito replaced him during the game and could be starting next week.
Though Lelito’s first snap wasn’t handled by Drew Brees correctly and resulted in a 18-yard loss, the second-year reserve center did well handling the remainder of his snaps.
Saints fans shouldn’t panic about the injury yet, but Lelito handling the snaps and offensive line protections from here on out should be something to monitor.
The Saints travel to Dallas for a road game next week. Noise and lack of communication could be a factor in a normally explosive offense. Saints head coach Sean Payton is confident that his experience should help him.
"He has played before for us, at guard, and every one of those guys are a snap away from having to play. We will grade the film that he was in there and hopefully he will improve."
If Lelito were to go down, reserve linemen Senio Kelemete could step in for Lelito. Kelemete drew praise from coaches this off-season on his versatility.