Thank goodness. The Saints really can’t take anymore injury news this year.
It’s not as bad as the Baltimore Ravens, but still. Give our hearts a break.
NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Davenport will miss some time due to the injury, but at the time of this writing, there doesn’t seem to be a clear recovery timeline.
The key word in Rapoport’s tweet is “strain.” MRI results revealed Davenport’s injury to be a strain as opposed to a tear, which would have been season-ending.
Obviously the best possible news would have been that Davenport will be healthy for Week 2’s game against the Panthers, but he’ll probably still be placed on injured reserve. At least he’ll likely be out for weeks, instead of months.
New Orleans Saints DE Marcus Davenport didn’t suffer a serious injury vs. Packers
Davenport’s hopefully speedy recovery will bring joy to Saints fans everywhere, especially to this guy who bet $1,000 that Davenport would lead the league in sacks this season.
Davenport’s career-high single-season sack total is just six, so good luck with that.
But everyone knows his value stems from more than just dropping quarterbacks.
Was it awesome when Davenport stopped the Packers’ offense on the opening play and got New Orleans their first sack of the season? Hell to the yes.
Davenport’s been touted as a potential breakout star in 2021, and after his impressive training camp and season opening performance, he’s on his way to securing a starting spot alongside the great Cam Jordan.
In Davenport’s absence, the Saints still have Tanoh Kpassagnon, Carl Granderson, and rookie Payton Turner to rotate in the pass-rushing unit.
Turner has been one of the bolder headlines this offseason, but because he missed two weeks of training camp, New Orleans wanted to give him more practice reps before slotting him in his first pro game.
Turner will get solid minutes against the Panthers O-line next Sunday, though. Given that many believe him to be an heir to Davenport (who admittedly hasn’t yet lived up to his potential), all eyes will turn upon the rookie.
As for Davenport, well, his future with the Saints could ride on when he recovers from this injury. Let’s just hope it’s sooner rather than later.