According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the New Orleans Saints have placed veteran offensive tackle Zach Strief on injured reserve. The move was also listed on Tuesday’s NFL Transaction Report.
Source: the Saints have placed veteran OT Zach Strief on injured reserve. Tough blow for that offensive line.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 3, 2017
Strief, who battled back after an injury in Week 1, suited up against the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in 55 of 74 snaps for the offense, but took a brutal hit to his leg area during a play. It was clear that he was in pain, but was able to limp off under his own power. Strief went under the medical tent, and was shortly carted off of the field after.
It’s a big blow for the Saints, and it would appear that rookie Ryan Ramczyk will permanently shift over to starting right tackle once Terron Armstead is back in action. The bye week will certainly help him along.
The Advocate’s Joel Erickson mentioned that offensive line coach Dan Roushar said Strief could be a candidate to return later this season. Strief, who turned 34 in September, is set to become a free agent in 2019. However, his future seems to be in question.