In one of the first days the Saints put on pads again for practice, Pro Bowl left guard Andrus Peat goes down with a hand injury that could be costly.
The New Orleans Saints training camp started up a couple of weeks ago. It was off to a great start with workouts and lifting. This week was the first time the team was allowed to put on pads to practice in for the season.
It was nice to see the guys getting back into the groove of the game and feeling that rush again. From all reports, Andrus Peat came into training camp in great shape and arguably looking better than he did last year.
The Pro Bowl left guard signed a massive deal worth $57 million over a five-year span. The contract also included almost $33 million guaranteed. It was a great offseason to say the least for Andrus Peat and the Saints.
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His hand injury was later reported to involve his thumb but the extent wasn’t identified. The team did give a timetable of 2-3 weeks per Josh Berrian and WLOX. This is just the latest injury though for Peat who has quite a sheet.
From broken arms to broken legs, Peat’s body has certainly taken a beating since he was drafted into the NFL in 2015. In fact, since he entered the NFL, Peat has never played all 16 games of any season in five years.
This injury comes just months after the Saints released Pro Bowl offensive lineman Larry Warford, who ended up opting out of the 2020 season. There was much speculation surrounding that release, and now they might have just been proven right.
The loss of Warford means that the Saints are starting a rookie on the line and that now the only backups are Nick Easton, Patrick Omameh, and Will Clapp. Those are not guys that can play long-standing starting minutes on the field.
The Saints don’t kick their season off for another three weeks, September 13th. That should give Peat time to get healthy, but if he is not, the team should have a plan in place with either Nick Easton or Patrick Omameh to start the season.