Saints offensive line is going to be a major problem in Week 10

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This has been a rough season for the New Orleans Saints and injuries have been a major reason why. This week alone the team could be without two of their starting offensive linemen, which is a major concern considering who is going to be on the other side of the trenches.

T.J. Watt is slated to return for the Steelers this week after getting injured in Week 1 and landing on IR shortly after. Even if Watt isn't back, the Saints' offensive line is in rough shape with Andrus Peat and Erik McCoy likely not playing.

That means that Cesar Ruiz will slide over from right guard to center and Calvin Throckmorton will play one of the guard spots. The other guard spot, however, is up in the air but it won't be a well-known player sliding in there.

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For the most part, the Saints offensive line has been okay this season but after McCoy had to leave Monday's 27-13 loss, the unit fell apart. Ruiz hasn't been the problem this year unlike last year and has played pretty well but it's the overall inexperience of the line that could be problematic this week.

Fans have eagerly been waiting for first-round pick Trevor Penning to suit up and play for this team and he appears closer to returning. While he won't be back this week, having him back eventually will be huge for this offense.

Watt returning this week does not bode well for New Orleans though. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had 22.5 sacks last year and recorded one sack in his lone game this season. He's a freak of nature and the Saints OL will have their work cut out for them in slowing him down.

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This could be a really ugly game for the New Orleans Saints offensive line.