The New Orleans Saints lost their Hall of Fame quarterback for five games and somehow are dealing with worse injury luck right now.
It looked like the New Orleans Saints were dealt the absolute worst injury luck in Week 2 when Drew Brees went down with a torn ligament in his throwing thumb. Brees is the heart and soul of the team and envisioning the Saints without him for six games was very hard to do.
Brees now only returned a week ahead of schedule but the Saints highly exceeded expectations in his absence. Teddy Bridgewater assumed starting duties and got better with every passing week and the defense really stepped up and played like one of the best defenses in the league.
At the end of the day, while Brees is still undoubtedly the better quarterback, things were not so bad without Brees and Bridgewater raised his stock a lot.
Worse injury luck did not seem possible but the injury luck that the New Orleans Saints are currently experiencing is disastrous for the team. Like Brees, Andrus Peat is set to miss six weeks with a broken arm.
Peat is a huge component of the Saints’ offensive line and without him, there has been a noticeable difference. In fact, Peat was injured in both of the Saints’ losses this season and in both of the games, the Rams and Falcons were able to get pressure on the quarterback.
The Saints have been prone to slow starts this season, making this even more of a problem than it would be.
It does not stop there, though. Marshon Lattimore is also week-to-week and has not practiced the last two days, so it appears as if he will miss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The silver lining here is that the Lattimore should not be out an extended time. But not having him against the best receiving duo in the league is going to be a problem on Sunday.
Heck, even Alvin Kamara, who returned last week, still seems slightly banged up. He was not great in his first game back and he may continue to be sluggish against the Bucs.
When Brees got hurt the Saints at least had a capable backup that took the ball and ran with it in Bridgewater. In these instances, the Saints have the risk of these two positions losing the game alone.
Don’t be surprised if the New Orleans Saints get off to a dreadfully slow start against the Buccaneers on the road. The team is injured in the absolute worst way.