Saints defense takes a big hit with Tanoh Kpassagnon suffering a significant injury

On Wednesday, New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen revealed that defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon will be sidelined for a while due to a significant injury.
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Every offseason, the NFL has several injuries that ultimately affect how things unfold during the season. Unfortunately, that offseason injury bug has found it’s way to the New Orleans Saints. On Tuesday, head coach Dennis Allen revealed that veteran defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon suffered a torn Achilles during the offseason.

Allen went to say that Kpassagnon will be out for a while, stating that he certainly won’t be ready for training camp. While Allen didn’t give the exact date that the injury happened, or when Kpassagnon had surgery, based on what we know about Achilles injuries, it’s fair to assume that Kpassagnon will miss most of the 2024 season, if not all of it.

Saints announce Tanoh Kpassagnon tore his Achilles

This is a big blow to New Orleans’ defensive line that was hoping to have a bounce back year this season. With Chase Young joining Carl Granderson and Cam Jordan as the team’s top defensive ends, Kpassagnon was eyed as an important depth piece for the Saints. New Orleans will now have to turn to other guys as Kpassagnon recovers.

Tanoh Kpassagnon, who turns 30 in June, was preparing for his with eighth season in the NFL. He spent his first four years with the Kansas City Chiefs, but has been in New Orleans the last three seasons. Last year, he appeared in all 17 games, playing 405 snaps, 37% of the Saints’ defensive snaps. In those snaps, Kpassagnon recorded 3.5 sacks, 19 tackles, four for a loss, and nine quarterback hits.

He’ll now face the steep challenge of trying to make it back during the 2024 season, and the Saints will be challenged with rebuilding their defensive line depth.