LANDOVER, Md. — Injuries are an unavoidable part of any team’s NFL season.
And 10 straight weeks of football have taken their toll on the Saints, a fact that was hard to miss in Thursday’s 47-14 blowout loss to Washington.
At least four Saints saw their days cut short by injury, and all four, when healthy, are indispensable: Mark Ingram, Terron Armstead,Hau’oli Kikaha and Keenan Lewis.
Willie Snead also turned in his smallest snap count since the season opener, a change in duty that may be explained by the sore knee he’s been battling the past two weeks. Left guard Tim Lelito, who battled a shoulder injury all week, also may have seen his snap count fall due to injury. Add in the three inside linebackers who were unavailable due to injury and the loss of Damian Swann, and the Saints find themselves scrambling to find solutions.
None of which excuses the severity of the loss. NFL players are fond of saying the next man up still has to get the job done.
But as New Orleans heads into the bye week, the Saints are hoping to get some of their guys back to full strength.
With that in mind, here’s the full snap counts from the Washington game, although abbreviated by two games to fit the table on the page.
For reference: INA = inactive, INJ = injured, X = not on roster, PCT = percentage of snaps played when healthy, available and on the roster.