DATs DAVIS: Saints Guard Andrus Peat Is Week To Week With Pec Strain Injury
The New Orleans Saints are on a short rest this week, as the team prepares to head west to take on the Arizona Cardinals for primetime Thursday Night Football. Kyler Murray will be seeing the return of his favorite target in wide receiver Deandre Hopkins, and Robbie Anderson comes in to replace Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.
Brown will sit a minimum of six-weeks after injuring his foot in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Saints are struggling with a list of injuries on offense and now they are down one more in starting left guard Andrus Peat. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network announced on Wednesday that Peat is more than likely to miss Thursday’s game due to a pec strain injury he suffered in Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Peat is considered week-to-week.
The Saints will also be without other starters such as cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and receivers Michael Thomas & Jarvis Landry. Tight end Adam Trautman does not look likely to play Thursday after suffering an ankle injury against the Bengals. Trautman was seen going down to the turf while moving in motion. The tight end attempted to return to the game and play, but it proved to be no good. Trautman spoke to media on Tuesday and explained that his injury came as a result of being rolled up on the prior play.
The Saints seem to have found their identity on offense after a slow start to the season. The team is proving to be too much to handle in the running game, netting over 200 rush yards the last two consecutive weeks. Much of that has to do with what Peat provides as an athletic, pulling guard that opens up rush lanes for running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and tight end Taysom Hill. Backup offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton is reportedly receiving reps at the left guard position.
The Saints revamped its coaching staff in the offseason after Dennis Allen took over as the new head coach. Injuries plagued the season last year, but the team still remained competitive until the very end, only missing the playoffs due to the San Francisco 49ers beating their arch-rival Los Angeles Rams in the final game of the regular season. Allen looked to Alabama’s coaching staff and hired multiple coaches from the school, such as former Alabama sports science director Matt Rhea. The team also brought in Matt Clapp to be the Saints’ strength coach. Clapp has eight years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach at the collegiate level. He joins the Saints after serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Alabama from 2020-21.
In addition, the Saints brought back a familiar face in Doug Marrone. Marrone was hired to be the team’s new offensive line coach. Marrone was the offensive line coach for the Crimson Tide in 2021. Marrone is also a former head coach of the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.