Saints battered wide receiver room reflective of season

Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans Saints
Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans Saints / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

The wide receiver room of the New Orleans Saints is beyond banged up as we reach December, and really symbolizes the 2023 season to this point for the Saints.

Bumps and bruises are commonplace in the NFL. They're going to happen as they're inevitable. The injury bug will always take its bites, and it seems that in 2023 it really is feeling some cajun cooking when it comes to what the New Orleans Saints have been dealing with. The Saints wide receiver room in particular has been decimated.

Michael Thomas, who seems to perpetually miss time at this point, has been on injured reserve with a knee issue, and in the Saints most recent loss, this to the Atlanta Falcons, Chris Olave suffered a concussion with Rashid Shaheed leaving the game early with a quad injury.

As a result, even if Olave is able to go against the Detroit Lions, (a contender in the NFC so that's awesome timing), the Saints are going to be giving talent some playing time from the back of the wide receiver room.

Rookie A.T. Perry, Lynn Bowden Jr. and Keith Kirkwood are going to be the targets on the outside that Derek Carr, who himself has been nursing various ailments, will have to work with, and while the Saints do return to the Superdome for a stretch, it looks to be an inauspicious start to the run.

At the end of the day though, there is no sense trying to play the victim card or having any "woe is me" attitude here. Yes, the injuries stink, but the New Orleans Saints put themselves in this situation, injuries or not. Had the start of the season gone more smoothly, then perhaps this dire situation they find themselves in wouldn't feel as such. Alas, the milk has spilled and there is no getting it back into the glass now.