New Orleans Saints guard Andrus Peat, the 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft, is a big player with an even bigger reputation for being outstanding at his position. His reputation would also be “oft injured” and Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that Peat has a broken thumb and that could threaten his availability in the beginning of the season.
The Las Vegas Raiders are hosting the Saints in Week 2, the debut of Allegiant Stadium.
#Saints Pro Bowl G Andrus Peat, who is sidelined with what was termed a hand injury, has a broken thumb, source said. His timetable for return is unclear and some of it will depend on if he needs surgery to repair it. But Peat hasn’t been ruled out for the opener.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 18, 2020
Peat may “only be a guard,” but he could also be the best guard in the NFL. And for whatever reasons, the Saints have struggled when he’s not there. In 2018, New Orleans went 11-1 with Peat and 2-2 when he was out. In 2019, New Orleans went 8-0 when Peat was able to play in at least 70-percent of the snaps, but 5-3 when he wasn’t.
That’s a 19-1 record in the last two seasons when the Saints had Peat at their disposal for the majority of a game. To be fair, this has not carried over in the playoffs: New Orleans is just 1-2 in the postseason, even with Peat, in the last two years.
The Raiders are scheduled to host the Saints on September 21st on Monday Night Football.