New Orleans Saints starting left tackle Terron Armstead suffered a shoulder injury during Wednesday’s minicamp practice and will undergo surgery for a torn labrum on Monday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Sources: #Saints star LT Terron Armstead is scheduled for surgery on Monday to repair a torn labrum. The timetable to return is 4-6 months.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 16, 2017
The Saints former third-round pick missed nine games last season with knee and quad issues and now could be in jeopardy of missing the entire 2017 season. Despite multiple injuries through his first four seasons, Armstead is still considered one of the best young offensive tackles in the NFL.
Heartbroken when I found out I need surgery! No one is more frustrated than me after working so hard. I’ll be back #WhoDatNation STRONGER!!
— Terron Armstead (@T_Armstead72) June 16, 2017
The 25-year-old earned Pro Bowl honors in 2015 and signed a five-year, $62.25 million extension with the franchise last offseason. The loss of Armstead comes a significant blow for New Orleans’ coaching staff, especially with starting center Max Unger sidelined.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said last month that the team anticipates Unger to return by Week 3 of the preseason following foot surgery, but that won’t fill the team’s glaring hole at left tackle.
Luckily for the Saints, they have two options already on their roster that have the ability to potentially fill the void.
Third-year offensive lineman Andrus Peat bumped out from guard to left tackle to replace Armstead last season, and New Orleans’ front office added one of the top 2017 tackle draft prospects, Ryan Ramczyk, to their roster at the end of the first-round.
The Saints were expected to groom Ramczyk behind 12-year veteran Zach Strief at right tackle, but will now look to put the best combination of offensive lineman together in training camp and the preseason.