New Orleans Saints send four to PUP list to start training camp

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Dec 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead (72) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead (72) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Per the NFL Wire, the New Orleans Saints have placed four players on the physically unable to perform list heading into training camp.

Defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha (knee), cornerback Keenan Lewis (hip), left tackle Terron Armstead (unknown), and wide receiver Vincent Brown (unknown) won’t be on the field practicing when training camp sessions kick off on Thursday.

Out of the moves, the only surprising one is around Terron Armstead. However, according to ESPN Analyst Mike Triplett, the injury is not significant for Armstead. What you have to remember is that the team’s left tackle played through injuries last season. So, if I were to guess, a lingering injury related to his knee from last season or some type of offseason surgery could be it.

Of course, the Saints could just taking a cautious approach for their prized protector of the blind side that was given a 5-year, $64.5 million contract extension in May. Armstead just turned 25 on Saturday, and played in 13 games for the New Orleans Saints last season.

Keenan Lewis is coming off of three separate surgeries in 2015, so while he has said that he’s healthy, the Saints are in no hurry to rush him back onto the field.

As for Hau’oli Kikaha, there’s a slight bit of optimism seeing him placed on the PUP list, as it was widely feared that the second-year defender was ruled out for the season with an apparent torn ACL.

Players placed on the PUP list can be activated by the New Orleans Saints at any time during training camp, but realistically we wouldn’t see Kikaha coming off of that list for months and well into the season if the team chooses to.

Missing from this list and lost in these moves is linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and safety Jairus Byrd. That’s extremely encouraging, as Dennis Allen’s desperately needs the most out of all players that will be in the equation for the New Orleans Saints defense in 2016.

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