How will the New Orleans Saints divide the running-back duties between Mark Ingram, their 1,000-yard rusher from last year, and Adrian Peterson, the future Hall of Famer they signed in free agency? That’s been the speculative question knocked around all offseason about the Saints – until Friday, when it was replaced with another.
That’s when the reports came out that New Orleans left offensive tackle Terron Armstead would be sidelined for four to six months after suffering a torn labrum during the Saints’ minicamp practice on Wednesday.
Add that to the offseason foot surgery that has center Max Unger hoping to be ready by the first week of the season, and the question switches from the “good problem to have” type, as coach Sean Payton termed the Ingram/Peterson debate, to one more in the vein of season-in-the-balance: Who’s going to block for those running backs?
The news on Armstead came after Ingram had praised the Saints’ offensive line during a minicamp press conference, saying, “I think they can be the best offensive line in the league” while sharing his hope that New Orleans would run the football more in 2017.
With the Saints’ offseason program over, New Orleans’ coaches have about five weeks to think about the team’s offensive-line situation and training camp and the preseason to do something about it. Of course, they have the same amount of time to sort out the backfield situation, if that was ever a legitimate question.
Won’t the Saints handle the running backs the same way that Payton always has? Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Chris Ivory, Khiry Robinson and Tim Hightower are on the roll call of…
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