Saints: Andrus Peat injury deals another blow to O-line
By Kristen Wong
The New Orleans Saints scraped by with an ugly win against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, and it looks like that win will be even uglier after a dismaying update on Andrus Peat’s injury.
The seventh-year left guard sustained a shoulder injury and exited in the second quarter of the game. It was difficult to tell exactly what happened, but Peat remained down on the field after an Alvin Kamara run resulted in a pile-up in the trenches.
Peat eventually headed to the locker room for evaluation, and a recent report suggests his injury is worse than expected.
If the return of Terron Armstead and Erik McCoy to the lineup this week buoyed team spirits, Peat’s potential season-ending injury update knocks the Saints right back down.
New Orleans Saints OL Andrus Peat could be out for the rest of the season
Calvin Throckmorton replaced Peat, playing 77 percent of offensive snaps that game. This is the Oregon product’s first year in NOLA, but he’s already adjusted fairly well to the offensive line. So far in 2021, Throckmorton has played 93 percent of offensive snaps and 16 percent of special teams snaps, proving to be a valuable plug-and-play substitute.
The Saints offense was in shambles against an average Seahawks defense, and while New Orleans won the game to go 4-2, it was anything but pretty.
Peat’s injury prevents the O-line from finally getting back together again, and if he is indeed out for the season, that could give the Saints enough reason to pursue a trade. With the trade deadline coming up, the Saints may consider trading for Detroit Lions’ Jonah Jackson to add some lineman depth.
Then again, New Orleans’ offensive line doesn’t have nearly as many issues as their wide receiver corps. Maybe work on that first.