Sunday was decidedly not a fantastic day for the New Orleans Saints. For one, the Saints misplaced 27-19 to the Minnesota Vikings and dropped to 5-5 on the season. Saints followers are additionally sweating on the well being of beginning quarterback Derek Carr, who exited the sport within the third quarter after taking an enormous hit from Minnesota go rusher Danielle Hunter.
Backup quarterback Jameis Winston needed to end the sport and couldn’t encourage a New Orleans comeback, whereas Saints coach Dennis Allen confirmed that Carr suffered a concussion because of the hit from Hunter. Carr additionally injured his proper shoulder for the second time in 2023.
There’s a sliver of fine information for the Saints and their followers. Carr is eyeing a return to motion as quickly as attainable — and New Orleans has its bye week subsequent week, giving the quarterback a while to heal.
It hasn’t been a simple season for Carr, his first in New Orleans after 9 years with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders. The 32-year-old has performed by means of the bumps and bruises, throwing 10 interceptions to simply 4 interceptions, however the Saints have misplaced 4 one-score video games and there should be considerations over the four-time Professional Bowler’s throwing shoulder — which he beforehand injured in a Week 3 loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers.
Saints will want Carr in aggressive division
If Carr is ready to return instantly following the bye, New Orleans will be ok with its probabilities to win the NFC South — even after the loss at U.S. Financial institution Stadium on Sunday.
The Saints have yet one more win than the 4-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who at the moment are second within the division after the Atlanta Falcons (4-6) suffered a shock last-second loss to the Arizona Cardinals within the Sunday late window. The Saints pay a go to to Atlanta in two weeks’ time following their bye — and a wholesome Carr may give them the sting in an important contest.