Rankins (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Rankins suffered a torn Achilles in Sunday's divisional-round win over the Eagles, and is set to undergo surgery at some point this week. The Saints signed defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker to bolster their depth at the position, with Tyeler Davison likely to be the largest beneficiary of Rankins' absence.
An MRI has confirmed that Rankins tore his Achilles during Sunday's divisional-round victory over Philadelphia, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Rankins is in store for a lengthy recovery process that typically lasts 6-to-9 months for severe Achilles injuries. Thus, it's far from certain that he'll be ready to play in time for the 2019 season opener. In the interim, Taylor Stallworth figures to be much more involved in the defensive game plan for the remainder of the postseason.
Rankins is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Sunday's divisional-round game against the Eagles, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Rankins was carted off the first in the first quarter after suffering the previously undisclosed leg injury. The news couldn't be much worse for the 24-year-old, as a torn Achilles would likely spell an end to his season and result in an exhaustive recovery process. The injury is unlikely to be confirmed until after Sunday's game or perhaps Monday. Taylor Stallworth and David Onyemata are seeing increased roles at defensive tackle for the Saints.
Rankins exited Sunday's divisional-round game against the Eagles with an apparent leg injury, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.
Rankins went down in the first quarter immediately calling for assistance from the athletic trainers, and he was eventually carted off the field. Taylor Stallworth and David Onyemata will see increased work at defensive tackle for the Saints, and Rankins' absence represents a huge loss for the defense.
Rankins accumulated three tackles (one solo), one sack and one pass defended in Sunday's 28-14 win over Tampa Bay.
Rankins was able to record his seventh sack of the season, and was all over the quarterback in Sunday's game, racking up three quarterback hits. The 24-year-old defensive tackle now has four sacks in his past six games.
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