This is a bummer. New Orleans Saints rookie defensive end Isaiah Foskey suffered a quadriceps muscle injury early in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, per multiple reports. NewOrleans.Football’s Brooke Kirchhofer shares that the Saints believe Foskey pulled a quad muscle on the game’s opening kickoff. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler adds that it is a “low-grade quad strain” that could sideline Foskey for the Saints’ upcoming road game with the Minnesota Vikings, but he should be back after the following bye week.
He tried to play through it, but Foskey left the game after Paulson Adebo’s interception midway through the first quarter. The Saints initially said that he was questionable to return before later ruling out an in-game return.
Foskey has been coming on well in recent weeks while competing for snaps behind Cameron Jordan and Carl Granderson, so any time missed is going to hinder his development. The good news is that his return could coincide with Payton Turner’s possible activation from injured reserve.
Turner suffered a turf toe injury in the season-opener back in September and is expected to return as soon as Weeks 12 or 13, after the bye week. So the Saints could be adding Foskey (the No. 40 overall pick in this year’s draft) and Turner (the No. 28 pick in the 2021 draft) back to the defensive ends rotation for the back half of the season. That should be welcome news for a Saints pass rush unit that’s tied for the fourth-fewest sacks (17) in the league after nine games.