Starting center Max Unger recently underwent surgery on an injured foot and will miss about five months, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday on Good Morning Football. The anchor of their offensive line, who came to Louisiana in a trade for tight end Jimmy Graham in 2015 and started 31 of 32 possible games, Unger will start the season on the physically unable to perform list, Rapoport added.
"I'm just rehabbing, trying to get right, trying to get ready," Mangold told Newsday at former teammate Willie Colon's charity golf tournament for Lupus research on Monday. Mangold, who was hampered by an ankle injury last season, added he's "still trying to see what the options are" regarding whether he'll play or potentially retire.
The only silver lining for the Saints at this point is that they have time. The Unger issue came to light before the rigors of training camp and allows for some long-term planning at the position.
In order to keep Brees and Peterson happy, Unger's fill-in replacement has to be a quick study.