New Orleans Saints rookie Trevor Penning suffered an injury in the preseason game against the Chargers that could see him miss a significant amount of time.
The biggest story of the game was Jameis Winston’s fantastic debut, but the Saints’ victory came with a very unfortunate loss. Penning, the 2022 first-rounder, played 10 snaps before he went down with injury and had to get carted off the field.
NOLA quickly pulled its offensive starters after Winston’s initial touchdown drive, yet it couldn’t save Penning from suffering a somewhat serious injury early in the game.
NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday that Penning had a bad case of turf toe and will need an MRI to assess the full extent of damage.
Saints’ Trevor Penning could miss a good chunk of the 2022 regular season
Fans surely remember how injury-prone former Saints tackle Terron Armstead was back in 2021, and this recent development gives us flashbacks of last year’s very shaky and unstable offensive line.
Penning made waves in training camp for his occasionally “nasty” play and was criticized for his middling pass-protection, getting much-needed preseason snaps these last few weeks as he continues to adapt to the NFL. Touted as more of a developmental project than an immediate starter, Penning arguably lost the left tackle position to veteran James Hurst after the first preseason game but still showed plenty of promise in his performances.
The rookie played for the majority of the Saints’ preseason games against the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers and was set to feature in the Chargers game with Hurst recovering from injury.
Penning’s unfortunate injury deals a painful blow to the Saints’ offensive line depth as the team doesn’t currently have anyone behind Penning. The missed time may also stunt Penning’s growth and make it more difficult for him to transition into a full-time starter role in 2022.
Check back later as more details about Penning’s injury get released.
UPDATE: Following an MRI, NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported that Penning suffered a torn ligament in his foot and will need surgery. Penning is out indefinitely.