#Saints star pass-rusher Marcus Davenport suffered an apparent pec injury in yesterday’s game, source said. He did an MRI and is awaiting results following an impressive game that included a sack.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2021
This is an unfortunate blow to a talented player who just has not had any luck with injuries throughout his career.
Some speculate that the recovery could take longer than you’d think.
We should know more on the injury front today, but I’m hearing the news might not be good on Marcus Davenport. No word yet on the others. Stay tuned.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) September 13, 2021
Others say it’s a tricky one to diagnose.
Pec injuries can be tricky so they're still unsure about a timeline.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) September 13, 2021
We’ll have to wait and see what unfolds, but hopefully the wait isn’t too extensive. If it’s another lengthy sit time from an injury for Davenport, it’s safe to wonder whether the Saints front office will want to keep him long-term after this season.
Update: September 13 at 1:38 PM CT
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport updates that Marcus Davenport’s pec injury is a pec strain. The injury is less severe than that of a pec tear which usually ends a players’ season. A pec strain will still keep him out for some time, but not the worst of bad news.
#Saints pass-rusher Marcus Davenport suffered a pec strain, source said. He’ll miss some time, but should be back sooner rather than later. Considering how he has come on, this is very good news for the New Orleans D.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2021
Last season, Philadelphia Eagles DT Javon Hargrave was diagnosed with a pec strain on August 17th during the offseason. He was unavailable for the Eagles on their first game (September 13th) but played 35% of snaps in Week 2 (September 20th). That means he missed about five weeks.
That would mean that Davenport could be out until after the Saints’ Week 6 bye week, or thereabouts. Week 7 and 8 for the Saints are becoming a targeted return hotbed for the team as that is also around when Michael Thomas and David Onyemata are expected to return to the field.
In the meanwhile, rookie Payton Turner, who was inactive in Week 1’s win against the Packers, could be called upon along with veteran Tanoh Kpassagnon to fill the void at edge rusher.
Both Kpassagnon and Davenport had sacks against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
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