New Orleans Saints right tackle Zach Strief suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee, a source confirmed Tuesday, when he left Monday night’s 29-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings late in the first half.
Typically, that can be about a four-week injury, which means Strief could be out through the Week 5 bye, at least.
It’s a big blow to the New Orleans offense, which began the year without starting left tackle Terron Armstead, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.
The Ravens were hoping Woodhead was going to be a catalyst for the NFL’s No. 21 scoring offense from a year ago, especially based on his only drive with Baltimore. In six snaps, he caught three passes for 33 yards (picking up first downs on each one) and ran the ball once for 4 yards.
This isn’t the first time Woodhead dealt with this injury this year. He was sidelined for the last two preseason games because of an issue with his hamstring.
Staying healthy has been a problem for Woodhead. He has missed 27 games over the previous three seasons. A torn ACL ended his season last year with the Chargers after two Kenneth Acker Youth Jersey weeks.
The injury to Woodhead left the Ravens with two healthy running backs: Terrance West and Buck Allen. Baltimore can promote one of two running backs on the practice squad — Alex Collins and Jeremy Langford — to fill Woodhead’s roster spot. Receiver Michael Campanaro also DeMarre Carroll Youth Jersey could be a candidate to help out out of the backfield.