New Orleans Saints lose left tackle for four to six months

23 Oct 2016 New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead during a week 7 NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City MO

Armstead needs surgery to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder and his rehabilitation is expected to take four to six months, said a person familiar with the situation.

Armstead, 25, is one of the best young tackles in the National Football League, and he signed a contract extension worth $13 million per year.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport had the initial report and cited an unidentified source who indicates the expected timetable for Armstead's return is 4-6 months. He missed nine games last season due to injury. He dealt with knee and quad injuries throughout the season, finally being placed on injured reserve before week 15.

Armstead departed the field after being hurt on Wednesday.

On his Twitter account, Armstead said he feels "heartbroken".

Ramczyk, who recovered from January surgery to fix a torn hip labrum in time to participate in this week's mandatory minicamp, was expected to play on the right side primarily, but he took a few snaps on the left side during Thursday's practice.

"Heartbroken when I found out I need surgery!"

Armstead is expected to miss four to six months after undergoing the procedure. No one is more frustrated than me after working so hard. A third-round pick by New Orleans in 2013, the 25-year-old Armstead emerged as one of the Saints' promising young players. "I'll be back", he tweeted.

The Saints offensive line is already on the mend with center Max Unger recovering from foot surgery that will keep him out until late in training camp. The Saints originally planned for Ramczyk to be the team's next right tackle, replacing Zach Strief.

Last year, Armstead began camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform list). This is an exceptionally tough blow for Armstead as he was looking for redemption in the 2017 season.

Another option, though not very likely, is for rookie Ryan Ramczyk to fill in at left tackle.

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