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Top Wil Lutz News

  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Expected to be ready in 2022

    Lutz (abdomen) is expected to be ready for the 2022 season, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    The longtime New Orleans kicker missed the entire 2021 campaign after undergoing core-muscle surgery in August and then suffering a setback in his recovery. While it's not certain how close Lutz is to returning to the field, he again seems on track to serve as the Saints' placekicker in 2022, especially after Brett Maher was let go last week.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Shifts back to IR

    Lutz (abdomen) was moved to IR from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

    Lutz was already out for the season after having core-muscle surgery and then suffering complications from it. Now that he has cleared COVID protocols, he can return to preparing for a return in 2022.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Moves to COVID-19 list

    The Saints shifted Lutz (core) from injured reserve to the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

    Lutz already won't play this season due to core-muscle surgery and complications stemming from the procedure. Now, he's among 39 players to test positive for the virus Tuesday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Lutz will move his rehab away from team facilities and enter into quarantine until he passes the necessary league protocols.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Rules self out for season

    Lutz announced Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he had a setback in his recovery from core-muscle surgery and won't play in 2021.

    Lutz underwent the procedure in early August. Last week, the Saints designated him to return from injured reserve in the hope that he would be ready to kick for the team by midseason. Unfortunately for Lutz he hit a snag in his recovery, prompting him to rule out a return in 2021. He'll revert to injured reserve for the rest of the season once his 21-day evaluation window officially comes to a close in early November, paving the way for Brian Johnson to handle kicking duties for the Saints moving forward. Johnson, the third kicker the Saints have used this season, made his NFL debut in Monday's 13-10 win over the Seahawks and converted both of his field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point try.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Not returning Monday

    The Saints didn't activate Lutz (core) from injured reserve Monday, making him ineligible to play Week 8 at Seattle, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Lutz was designated to return from IR last Monday, but one week wasn't enough for him to get back to 100 percent from the core muscle surgery he underwent in early August. He'll thus aim to be available Sunday against the Buccaneers, but in the meantime New Orleans will roll with undrafted rookie Brian Johnson at kicker.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Could be back Week 7

    The Saints designated Lutz (abdomen) for a return from injured reserve Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    Mike Triplett of reported earlier this month that Lutz was trending toward making his season debut next Monday in Seattle, but even though Lutz has been cleared to resume practicing this week, it's unclear if he'll be deemed fit for kicking duties. Since New Orleans signed Brian Johnson off the Bears' practice squad Oct. 12, he'll need to remain on the 53-man roster for at least three games. Ideally, the Saints wouldn't want to dedicate two roster spots to kickers, but that could come to fruition if Lutz looks healthy enough in practice this week to get activated ahead of Monday's game. Whether he returns to the roster Week 7 or later on in the 21-day evaluation window, Lutz presumably will unseat the unproven Johnson atop the depth chart. The 27-year-old kicked in all 16 games for New Orleans in 2020, converting on 23 of 28 field-goal attempts and 57 of 58 extra-point tries.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Week 7 return likely

    Lutz (abdomen) is only expected to be sidelined a few more weeks, making his likely season debut Week 7 in Seattle on Monday, Oct. 25, Mike Triplett of reports.

    The Saints are among the four teams with a Week 6 bye, so if their belief comes to pass, Lutz actually will miss just five games as a result of the core muscle surgery he underwent in early August. The team has the ability to open a three-week window to practice by designating him to return from IR. When that happens, it may indicate an even more precise return to action. In the interim, though, New Orleans has moved on to its second kicker of the season, swapping Aldrick Rosas for Cody Parkey this week.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Week 4 debut unlikely

    The Saints aren't expected to activate Lutz (abdomen) from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

    For the first time all season, Lutz will be eligible to play this week, but since the Saints haven't even designated him for a return from IR, he looks like he'll need more recovering time. The 27-year-old kicker underwent core-muscle surgery in early August and was given an 8-to-12-week recovery timeline, so it wouldn't be surprising if he missed more games beyond Sunday's. Aldrick Rosas was signed off the practice squad in Lutz's absence and had been performing well before missed two field goals in Sunday's win over the Patriots.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Goes to IR

    The Saints placed Lutz (core) on injured reserve Monday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    After undergoing core muscle surgery in early August, Lutz was expected to need 8-to-12 weeks to recover, meaning a move to IR was inevitable. While he can return as early as Week 4 against the Giants, his best-case scenario actually may be Week 5 at Washington. At the moment, the Saints don't have a kicker on the active roster, so they may be getting ready to elevate Aldrick Rosas from the practice squad on a weekly basis until Lutz is back in action.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Could be out 8-12 weeks

    Lutz suffered a core muscle injury during Saturday's practice, and he now may need a surgery that would lead to an absence of eight weeks or longer, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune suggests the recovery timeline could be closer to 12 weeks, with Lutz needing longer than most players because he's a specialist. Lutz played every game in each of his first five NFL seasons, but with the reliable 27-year-old in danger of missing the first half of the upcoming campaign, the Saints figure to look at multiple free-agent kickers.

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  • Saints' Wil Lutz: Undergoing core muscle surgery

    Lutz will have core muscle surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Previous reports hinted at a recovery timeline of 8-12 weeks, essentially ruling Lutz out through September. He played all 16 games in each of his first five NFL seasons, and the Saints haven't been carrying another kicker at training camp. They'll likely look at a bunch of kickers in the coming days.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 184 lbs
Birthplace: Moultries, GA
Age: 27
School: Georgia State
Experience: 7