Saints Pro Bowl LT Terron Armstead to miss time with elbow injury
New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead. Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Saints left tackle Terron Armstead will miss several weeks with an elbow injury, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports. Armstead will likely land on the injured reserve list, but it’s not believed to be a season-ender. 

The injury forced Armstead to exit early from Sunday’s victory over the Patriots. It’s somewhat familiar territory for the 30-year-old — he’s never played a full 16-game slate as a pro.

Armstead has been with the Saints for his entire pro career. He’s served as New Orleans’ starting left tackle for the last eight seasons, performing as one of the best in the league. Armstead earned a Pro Bowl nod for his work last year, his third straight selection.

In the meantime, the Saints will use James Hurst in Armstead’s stead. They’ll also keep their fingers crossed for center Erik McCoy, who has not played since the season opener.

Armstead is currently on course for free agency next spring, where he’d be one of the top players available. The Saints would ideally like to keep him, but they’d have to top Trent Williams‘ megadeal while the rest of the league bids with an increased cap of about $210M.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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