Rookie Saints LT Landon Young expected to need season-ending foot surgery

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The hits just keep coming for the New Orleans Saints. Already bruised and battered by a series of injuries to their starting lineup, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday that a Saints backup is on the mend: rookie left tackle Landon Young, who is expected to require season-ending foot surgery. Pelissero added that Young suffered an injury in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and only missed one snap, returning to gut it out to finish the game.

It was Young’s first start of the year, having been called up after both starting tackles — Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk — missed the game with their own injuries, forcing the usual backup James Hurst to slide over to the right side. Young had his ups and downs against a good Eagles defensive line while drawing two penalties and allowing a couple of quarterback pressures, but he wasn’t charged with yielding a sack.

With Young likely going to injured reserve soon, the Saints are left with Armstead and Ramczyk (who are both managing injuries and working to return) ahead of Hurst and veteran backup Jordan Mills on the depth chart. They don’t have any tackles in reserve on the practice squad so look for an addition or two to be on the way.

Hopefully Young can enjoy a quick and full recovery so that he can get a full offseason’s worth of work. A sixth round draft pick out of Kentucky, Young totaled 67 snaps on offense (64 of them against Philadelphia as a starter) and 42 reps as a blocker on special teams. The Saints need as many of their young draftees to work out as possible, so the sooner he’s able to get back on the practice field, the better.

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