Nick Underhill: Saints make smart move by locking up Terron Armstead now instead of later _lowres

New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead (72) walks on the field in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots in New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

The Saints didn’t have anyone named to the initial Pro Bowl roster.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the team will not be represented in the game.

New Orleans left tackle Terron Armstead announced on his Twitter account that he has been selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, meaning he could be tapped to play in the game if any of the other tackles drop out.

Philadelphia’s Jason Peters, Dallas’ Tyron Smith, San Francisco’s Joe Staley, Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth, Washington’s Trent Williams and Cleveland’s Joe Thomas are currently on the Pro Bowl roster.

Since none of those teams are currently in the playoffs, Armstead’s only way into the game would be if someone drops out because of injury. It’s also unclear if Armstead would be able to accept the invitation.

The left tackle underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee following a Week 4 game against Dallas, missed two games, and then played in the next nine before missing the season finale against the Atlanta Falcons.

He was scheduled to have his knee checked again after the season ended but was unsure if he would need another procedure to repair his knee. Armstead declined to offer specifics on his injury when asked last month.

His teammates were astonished that Armstead was able to continue playing at a high level despite being visibly hobbled in several games.

“For him to play and not give up pressures on one leg at this level, it’s unbelievable,” Saints tackle Zach Strief said earlier this month. “That’s a tough dude that’s going to be a very successful player. All of the hype and all of the things we’ve said about him before the season has started has come true.”

Armstead did allow some pressures this season, but not many. According to Pro Football Focus, the left tackle surrendered 15 hurries, two quarterback hits and three sacks.

Those figures are all well below what New Orleans’ other regulars on the offensive line allowed this season.