New Orleans Saints: The good, the bad, and the ugly through 11 weeks
The worst part about this historic year for the New Orleans Saints is by far the injuries that they have sustained. They have the caliber talent to be easy Super Bowl favorites, but injuries have plagued this organization from the very beginning of the year. They have continued to terrorize all the way up to week 12 where we stand now.
Keith Kirkwood was placed on injured reserve-designated to return list following a hamstring injury.
Drew Brees comes out of the game with a thumb injury that would eventually keep him out until week 8. Tre’ Quan Smith also got injured this week; He returned in week 10.
Alvin Karama aggravated an injured knee and ankle. He eventually sat weeks 7 and 8 before returning in week 10 after their bye. Jared Cook was also injured and went on to miss weeks 7 and 8 as well.
Marshon Lattimore went out with a hamstring strain that was considered week-to-week. He sat out in week 11 and there is a good chance he might sit week 12 as well. Week 10 also saw Andrus Peat, left guard, break his arm, requiring surgery.
As you can see, throughout the entire year, the starting core for the New Orleans Saints has seen a major hit from the injury bug. However, most of them were not season-ending and even Andrus Peat will be back in time for the playoffs.
There is always a silver lining. The Saints should see all starters healthy for the playoff push.