The New Orleans Saints sustained added injury to insult after losing to the Washington Redskins 40-32 in Robert Griffin III’s NFL debut. During the game the Saints lost wide receiver Devery Henderson and cornerback Johnny Patrick to varying injuries from which both did not return.
In the second quarter as Patrick was attempting to break up a pass he injured his right knee and was unable to return to the game. Patrick was not able to put any weight on his leg and was helped off the field by Saints’ trainers.
Patrick’s injury is a huge blow to the already thin Saints secondary and newly acquired cornerback Jerome Murphy will have to come and take his place. The Saints’ secondary was already without starting cornerback Jabari Greer who is still dealing with a nagging groin injury.
Hopefully Greer can return for week two because the Saints could really use his experience and leadership in the secondary. It is still unclear how serious Patrick’s injury is but if he could not put any weight on his leg it must be somewhat serious.
Best-case scenario is for Patrick to have a speedy recovery and come back for week two against the Carolina Panthers. The other injury the Saints will now have to deal with comes from their receiving corps.
In the second half Henderson sustained what appeared to be a head injury after making his lone reception for 11 yards. Henderson sustained the hit from Redskins’ safety Madieu Williams and was on the ground for a few seconds.
Henderson was able to get up on his own power and walk to the locker room. Henderson was not able to return to the game and who knows when he will be able to return to the football field.
Henderson’s injury may or may not have been serious but with the NFL’s new concussion policy Henderson will have to pass a few tests before he can return to the field. Fortunately for the Saints they have plenty of good receivers and someone will step up and take Henderson’ place if needed.
I could see special teams captain Courtney Roby coming in an filling the void at wide receiver if Henderson is not available next week. On the depth chart Roby would come in and be the number four receiver and the Saints would not lose too much on that side of the ball.
Hopefully Patrick and Henderson are available for week two and that they both have quick recoveries. The Saints will need both guys for next week to solidify their offense and defense.