It seems that the injuries are starting to pile up for the New Orleans Saints. Running back Mark Ingram has been injured this offseason as well as quarterback Chase Daniel. Furthermore, defensive end Greg Romeus just suffered another torn ACL. Now you can add rookie defensive tackle Akiem Hicks to the list; he is expected to miss two to three weeks with a broken hand.
Apparently Hicks broke his hand during the Saints’ rookie camp and shortly after that he thought it was healed. It was two or three days later when Hicks came back to practice that he broke it again; according to Hicks he came back too soon. However, this time around Hicks was not aware right away that he had broken his hand. Hicks said he broke the hand again but did not notice until his hand started swelling up. Shortly after the swelling Hicks got some x-rays done and the x-rays confirmed that he suffered a broken hand.
Hicks was the Saints’ top pick in this year’s 2012 NFL draft and was selected in the third round 89th overall. Hicks was a nice pickup for the Saints and he should prove to be a very valuable role player for the Saints. Hicks is somewhat of a “small school gem”, as he attended the University of Regina in Canada. A lot of people did not know about him but the Saints definitely did their homework on Hicks. The Saints really like what he can offer defensively, and while he is a bit raw the coaching staff knows they can mold him into a great defensive player. Hicks just needs to be coached up a bit and he could end up paying great dividends for the Saints.
Hicks insists that he will only miss about two to three weeks with his broken hand and vows that he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Hopefully this time around Hicks takes it easy and gives his hand enough time to heal properly. When he returns Hicks should be able to provide some relief on the Saints’ defensive line and could see significant playing time in Steve Spagnuolo’s defensive scheme. It is unfortunate that the injuries are piling up for the Saints but they have been very wise with their offseason acquisitions and should be ready for the start of the regular season.