Andrus Peat goes to injured reserve after likely season-ending surgery

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The pectoral muscle injury that knocked Andrus Peat out of Monday night’s win over the Seattle Seahawks resulted in what’s very likely to be season-ending surgery for the three-time Pro Bowler, who was placed on injured reserve Saturday. NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill reported that Peat underwent surgery on Friday. We don’t know the severity of his injury but anything requiring surgery typically needs a six-month recovery, if not longer. At any rate Peat has a months-long recovery ahead of him, so let’s wish good health for him after a disappointing end to his season.

Look for second-year pro Calvin Throckmorton to continue to fill in at that spot, moving from right guard (where he started most of five games when Cesar Ruiz replaced Erik McCoy at center) to the other side of the starting lineup. He played 57 snaps at left guard against Seattle after Peat’s injury. Behind him are practice squad guards Forrest Lamp and Will Clapp, as well as veterans Caleb Benenoch and Jordan Mills (who can play both guard and tackle).

Let’s hope Peat enjoys a full recovery. Injuries have been a problem for him throughout his career, ranging from concussions to broken bones and sprained joints. His body has taken a lot of punishment. He’ll turn 28 on Nov. 4 and is under contract through 2024. With that injury history and a 2022 salary cap hit of $15.45 million in 2022, fifth-highest on the team, something has to change next summer.

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