Saints Rumors: Terron Armstead Will Miss 3-4 Weeks with Pectoral Injury

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2018

New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead (72) is helped off the field in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
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New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead is reportedly expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a pectoral injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Armstead left Sunday's 51-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium and was replaced by veteran Jermon Bushrod.

Bushrod is expected to start in Armstead's place when the Saints host the Philadelphia Eagles at the Superdome on Sunday.

Injuries have been a major issue throughout Armstead's NFL career, as he has yet to appear in more than 14 games in a single season.

He missed six games with a torn labrum last campaign and nine contests with knee and quad injuries in 2016.

The Saints selected Armstead in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and he became a full-time starter by 2014. Armstead has appeared in 59 regular-season games during his five-plus years in the NFL and made 55 starts. He has also started four playoff games.

The 34-year-old Bushrod is in the midst of his 12th NFL season and his first back with the Saints after a five-year hiatus. New Orleans selected the Towson product in the fourth round of the 2007 draft, and he went on to become a two-time Pro Bowler (2011-12) and one-time champion (Super Bowl XLIV).

From 2009 to 2012, Bushrod missed just one game and started all but two for the Saints. He spent the next three seasons with the Chicago Bears before playing for the Miami Dolphins in 2016 and 2017.

Bushrod is a veteran presence as a swing tackle, and he should be a quality blindside protector for quarterback Drew Brees until Armstead is able to return.

The Saints can afford to be cautious with Armstead since they have the second-best record in the NFC at 8-1 and lead the Carolina Panthers by two games for the NFC South lead.