A torn quadriceps has sidelined a New Orleans Saints offensive lineman and is expected to keep him out for the entire 2023 season.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Trai Turner left Friday’s practice early, with coach Dennis Allen telling reporters the team was still trying to determine the gravity of the injury.
The guard only joined the Saints on Tuesday and was hoping to compete for a spot. He was training with the second-team offense when the team ran their 11-on-11 drills on Thursday.
Turner, 30, was a third-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He started 12 of 16 games for the Washington Commanders last season and has also had stints with the Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
A New Orleans native, Turner was pleased to return to the city after playing for LSU.
“I think it was just one of my goals to play as long as I can,” he said after joining the team. “I just turned 30 and I’m still playing a kid’s game, so I’m just appreciative of the opportunity. I’m a decade in, so no complaints on my end.”
Meanwhile, offensive tackle Trevor Penning returned to practice for the Saints on Friday after missing Thursday due to a foot injury. OLs Ryan Ramczyk and Cesar Ruiz did not practice because of a scheduled rest day.
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