Report: Saints' Taysom Hill Won't Require Surgery on Tendon Injury in Finger

Doric SamDecember 3, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 07: Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints warms up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Caesars Superdome on November 07, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill's finger injury reportedly won't keep him out of games.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Saints team doctors determined the mallet-finger injury Hill suffered won't require surgery and he will attempt to play through it.  

Schefter added the injury was not as severe as the one suffered by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson earlier this season that required him to undergo surgery and miss three games. 

Hill suffered the injury in the first quarter of Thursday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. His hand hit the arm of Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong on the follow-through after he threw a pass intended for Marquez Callaway. 

The Saints use the 31-year-old all over the field. In eight games played, he has 320 passing yards, 205 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards. He also sees time on special teams.

Hill missed two games with a concussion before returning in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons. While playing backup to Trevor Siemian, he completed two passes for 33 yards and ran one time for four yards in his first game back. But his usage was way down in his return.

The BYU product played just 17 of the Saints' snaps against Atlanta (22 percent). According to Amie Just of NOLA.com, he was on the field for closer to 50 percent of the offensive plays prior to his injury.

Hill had the best season of his four-year career in 2020, starting eight of his 16 games and passing for 928 yards and four touchdowns while adding 457 rushing yards and eight more scores.

He had been competing with Jameis Winston for the starting quarterback position prior to this season. Winston suffered a torn ACL in Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Hill was out, leaving Siemian to step into the starting role.

Siemian was benched prior to Thursday's game because of his struggles as the starter. He threw for 924 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions in four starts.

The Saints have a few extra days off before their next game against the New York Jets on Dec. 12.