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Saints lose Andrus Peat to broken fibula, report says

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The Saints have lost a key piece on their offensive line.

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Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Despite the team knocking off the Carolina Panthers for a third straight time this season, they’ve lost starting offensive guard Andrus Peat for the rest of the way. According to multiple reports, Peat broke his fibula.

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport, Peat is set to have an MRI to determine if there’s any ligament damage. It was clear that he was in pain after the play, grabbing his face mask with his hands. The team doctors called for the cart, and Peat’s left leg was put in an air cast.

It’s a big loss for the Saints offense, who has leaned heavily on Peat to kick out to left tackle when Terron Armstead was unavailable. Now, the team will pencil in Senio Kelemete as their starting left guard, with Josh LeRibeus and John Fullington as reserve options. It wouldn’t be out of the question to see the Saints bring in another offensive tackle to the mix this week.

Peat’s 2018 timetable will be something worth monitoring, and the offseason might see the Saints bring in another versatile offensive lineman via the draft or free agency.