Saints get promising news on first-round pick

New Orleans Saints, Trevor Penning
New Orleans Saints, Trevor Penning / Stacy Revere/GettyImages

Good news on the horizon for the New Orleans Saints: offensive tackle Trevor Penning could rejoin the roster in the next month or so.

Penning suffered a foot injury in the Saints' final preseason game, and so far, his recovery appears to be right on track. He was reported to be ready by early November, and head coach Dennis Allen relayed a strong sentiment that Penning will play at some point this season.

Nick Underhill recently tweeted that Penning is entering the next steps of his rehab process and could soon receive a week-to-week designation.

Penning was placed on injured reserve to start the season and will be eligible to make the 53-man roster once his health starts trending upward.

Saints' Trevor Penning is in the next phase of rehab for his injured foot

Penning lost the starting left tackle job to James Hurst this past offseason, but as a first-round pick with tremendous value, his timely return could buoy team morale and benefit the Saints' inconsistent offense.

Given all the Saints' players who have gotten injured his year, the team has had to play a sad game of musical chairs in which it has rolled out different starters week after week.

Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas are two high-profile names who remain on the sidelines nursing their respective injuries; on the defensive side of the ball, Marshon Lattimore will likely miss his second straight game in Week 7.

Injuries have certainly tested the adversity of the Saints in 2022, but the team must also improve its overall production to have a shot at playoff contention.

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Hopefully, Penning's recovery goes as well as planned and NOLA will see him out on the field by November.