Right tackle Zach Strief is expected to miss a few weeks after exiting Monday night's game with an MCL sprain, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported. Strief will undergo more tests Tuesday to determine the extent of his injury.
Sans their top two tackles, Drew Brees could be under siege often in the coming games. In Week 1, the Saints' offense looked like an operation that couldn't decide what it wants to be -- grind it out on the ground or high-flying aerial attack? Not having bookend tackles makes finding itself that much tougher. It could be especially difficult in Week 2 against a rested Super Bowl champion licking its own wounds.
Other injuries we're tracking on Tuesday:
The Texans also placed tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) on injured reserve. Fiedorowicz signed a three-year contract extension last month worth roughly $22 million, with $10.1 million guaranteed.
- Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is headed to injured reserve and will undergo wrist surgery. Johnson is expected to miss 2-3 months in a big loss for Arizona. The Cardinals are also re-signing running back Chris Johnson, who played for them the past two seasons but was released on Sept. 1, to add backfield depth.