Armstead was diagnosed with a pectoral injury Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for 3-to-4 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Armstead, the Saints' starting left tackle, sustained what was initially labeled a shoulder injury during the Week 10 win over the Bengals. Veteran Jermon Bushrod stepped in to replace Armstead and will likely be tasked with protecting Drew Brees' blind side for multiple games while Armstead is sidelined. Armstead previously hadn't missed a snap all season before his early departure against Cincinnati.
Armstead suffered a shoulder injury Sunday against the Bengals and is questionable to return, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
The severity of Armstead's injury remains unclear, but the Saints may opt to remain cautious as they lead 38-7 halfway through the third quarter. Jermon Bushrod should step in at left tackle should Armstead remain sidelined.
Armstead played through a torn hip flexor in the 2017 season and has been rehabbing the injury throughout the offseason. He now looks to be back to full strength and will again look to solidify the team's offensive line in 2018.
Armstead posted on his personal Twitter account following Sunday's 29-24 divisional-round loss to the Vikings that he had been playing through a torn hip flexor.
The left tackle was a mainstay on the Saints' injury reports throughout the 2017 campaign, missing six games while battling shoulder, chest and thigh issues. It would seem the hip flexor Armstead alluded to is related to the thigh injury, but according to Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the 26-year-old declined to elaborate further about his health when asked Tuesday. He did acknowledge that he doesn't believe surgery will be necessary during the offseason, however, so Armstead doesn't appear in much danger of missing the start of training camp in the summer.
Armstead (thigh) is listed as active for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Panthers.
Armstead was originally tagged as questionable entering the weekend, but the starting left tackle will be good to go Sunday.
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