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Sean Payton doesn’t believe Terron Armstead will require surgery

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The good news for the Saints starting left tackle is that surgery may not be needed.

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It didn’t come as a shock, but the New Orleans Saints placed starting left tackle Terron Armstead on injured reserve Wednesday. Armstead has been dealing with a knee/quad issue for the majority of the season, and only appeared in seven games for the Saints.

It’s no doubt a disappointment after Armstead signed a large 6-year, $65.25 million contract extension last May. However, he’s toughed it out and grinded through the pain to try to help the offense as much as possible. Despite the limited work, Armstead graded out as one of Pro Football Focus’ Top-15 offensive tackles.

During a morning press conference with the media, Payton said that he doesn’t believe Armstead will require surgery, but needs rest. Armstead will count for $11.5 million against the 2017 salary cap. Andrus Peat will presumably start in his stead for the team’s final three games.

The Saints added linebacker Jason Trusnik in a corresponding to placing Armstead on injured reserve. Trusnik is a veteran that’s been around the league since 2007, and is primarily known for special teams.