Saints Lose CB Keenan Lewis For 4-6 Weeks
The New Orleans Saints worked hard this off-season to rebuild their defense and evolve into a more balanced team, overall. One of the players that was supposed to be part of their turn around could now cause things to unravel.
Per reports, star cornerback Keenan Lewis will miss the next 4-6 weeks after undergoing hip surgery on Tuesday.
Another blow to the #Saints secondary: CB Keenan Lewis had hip surgery yesterday, sources say. He’s out 4-6 weeks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2015
The loss is even bigger for New Orleans’ defense considering third round rookie draft pick P.J. Williams is out for the year with a torn hamstring. Williams and Lewis looked like a solid duo on paper, while former Seahawks and Patriots corner Brandon Browner was brought in to shore up a secondary that was hoping to take a step forward this season.
The two blows to the Saints’ secondary force veteran corner Brandon Browner into the number one spot, while Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Delvin Breaux and Damian Swann will all vie for sizable roles. Browner was initially added as a solid depth piece that would rotate as a third and fourth corner, but the Saints didn’t bring him in with plans on having him playing a major role. Unfortunately, an already shaky pass defense is looking a lot shakier for the first 4-6 weeks of the 2015 NFL season.
The Saints made a bunch of positive changes on offense, as they added talent on the o-line, traded away unnecessary passing game talent and signed versatile running back C.J. Spiller. They don’t have much of answer for losing both Lewis and their prized rookie for any amount of time, unfortunately, so a once hopefuly Saints group may find the first several weeks of the 2015 season to be rough sledding.
More specifically, the Saints open the year with matchups against the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts. Indy comes in week seven, when Lewis would hopefully be back to full strength and ready to be inserted back into the starting lineup. Until then, however, the Saints would be tasked with shutting down potent passing attacks in Arizona, Dallas, Philly and Atlanta. If Lewis was out even further, an already tough matchup with the Colts could get ugly.
New Orleans looks like a more balanced team from top to bottom this year, and a couple injuries in their secondary won’t automatically crush their playoff hopes. It could make things a little more difficult to start the year, however, and it should be tough to feel good about the passing game’s chances in those tougher matchups to start the year.
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