Strief announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.
Strief has officially called it quits on his NFL career after being taken in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Northwestern. He spent his entire 12-year career with New Orleans, appearing in 158 regular-season games with 93 starts, not to mention an additional 10 postseason contests. He served as an offensive captain five times in total and retires with a piece of hardware in the form of a Super Bowl XLIV championship ring.
Strief (knee) is expected to retire, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Though Strief has not publicly announced his decision to retire, it's not expected that he'll return for a 13th campaign. He ended up on injured reserve after just two weeks in 2017 and has battled through numerous minor injuries throughout his career. Ryan Ramczyk, the Saints' first-round pick last year, will continue to hold down the fort at left tackle going forward.
Strief (knee) indicated Tuesday that he's considering retirement after undergoing season-ending surgery in November to repair his ACL and MCL, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. "As much time as you have [to think about retirement], the finality of a season always kind of brings with it new feelings and different feelings," Strief said. "So I think it's always something that you kind of take a couple weeks and get away from it completely and then make that decision."
Coming off one of his best seasons in 2016, Strief was limited to just two appearances during the past season before landing on injured reserve. The 34-year-old right tackle, who has spent his entire 12-year career in New Orleans, said he believes he can come back and be physically ready to play in 2018, but it's unclear if he's mentally prepared for the rigors of another NFL campaign. In the event Strief does decide to call it quits, the Saints are well positioned to replace him after rookie first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk performed admirably in the veteran's stead.
Strief (knee) will not return off injured reserve this season after having surgery to repair his ACL and MCL, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Strief was placed on injured reserve in early October with the hopes of returning by avoiding surgery, but that ended up not being possible. Now facing a recovery from a torn ACL and MCL at age 34, Strief's NFL future is certainly in doubt.
Strief (knee) said he hopes to avoid surgery to address a sprained MCL and thinks he'll be able to return from injured reserve at some point in December, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Strief, the Saints' starting right tackle, injured his knee in Week 4 and has since been replaced by rookie first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk. It's likely that Ramczyk will be the team's long-term answer at that position, but Strief, an 11-year veteran, is still optimistic about returning to the field in what could be the final season of his career. The Saints will monitor his progress in the weeks to come before discerning whether or not a return from IR is feasible before the year is out.
Strief (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.
Strief ended up on the IR after suffering a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. It's a big blow for the Saints, but offensive line coach Dan Roushar noted that the veteran could be a candidate to return later in the year. Until then, expect Bryce Harris to take over as the starting right tackle.
Strief left Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a knee injury and is questionable to return, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Strief has been struggling with a knee injury all season, and this was the first game he's suited up. It's unclear if this is the same knee, so stay tuned for updates.
Strief (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
With Strief active for the first time since since Week 1, Ryan Ramczyk figures to shift back over from right tackle to left tackle Sunday, in order to fill in for Terron Armstead.
Strief (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Strief logged a full practice Friday, so it seems more likely than not he'll be given the green light to play. If he's ultimately ruled out, the Saints will continue to count on rookie Ryan Ramczyk to man a starting spot at tackle.
Strief (knee) returned to practice Wednesday in limited fashion, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Strief missed Weeks 2 and 3 with a sprained MCL, which he sustained in the season-opening loss to the Vikings. If Strief is able to practice Thursday and Friday in some capacity, he'll have a good shot at taking the field in Week 4 against the Dolphins.
Strief (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Strief did not practice this week after spraining his MCL in the season opener. The Saints will be without both starting offensive tackles against the Panthers on Sunday, as Terron Armstead (shoulder) is also ruled out.
Strief (knee) is inactive for Sunday's tilt against the Patriots.
Strief sprained his MCL last week and was unable to practice this week. He's expected to be out multiple weeks, likely meaning Senio Kelemete will get an extended run as the starting right tackle in his place.
Strief (knee) did not participate at practice Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
This scenario was expected after it was reported Tuesday that Strief would miss multiple weeks with an MCL sprain. Senio Kelemete replaced Strief in Monday night's game against the Vikings and is the likely starter at right tackle given the current situation.
Strief was diagnosed with an MCL sprain following his early exit in Monday's loss to the Vikings and is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Strief is slated to undergo further tests Tuesday, after which a more definitive timetable for his return should be established. The loss of Strief would represent a huge blow to the Saints, already without the services of starting left tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder), who is uncertain to return for the Week 2 matchup with the Patriots. If Armstead and Strief are both sidelined, rookie first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk and Senio Kelemete, who replaced Strief in Monday's contest, would likely start at the two tackle spots.
Strief (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Monday's contest, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
With Strief out, look for Andrus Peat to fill in on the line.
Strief (knee) is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Vikings, Chris Hagan of FOX 8 New Orleans reports.
Strief suffered an unspecified injury to his left knee. Fortunately, he was able to leave the field under his own power.
Despite drafting Stanford tackle Andrus Peat in the first round, Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't see him competing for a starting spot.
"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.
The Saints have veterans Zach Strief and Terron Armstead at the two tackle spots.
"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."
Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said.
Saints tackle Zach Strief has been cleared for action Sunday against Tampa Bay. He had been considered probable with a neck issue.
Saints tackle Terron Armstead will miss Week 17 against the Buccaneers with a neck injury. It will be Armstead's second straight game out with the injury.
Defensive tackle John Jenkins is listed as questionable with an abdomen injury and did not practice Friday.
Safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and tackle Zach Strief (neck) are both listed as probable for the game.
The Saints are currently 4-point favorites against the Bucs.
The Saints have ruled out inside linebacker Kyle Knox (hand) and running back Khiry Robinson (forearm) for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Wide receiver Robert Meachem (ankle) was the only player on New Orleans' injury report deemed questionable for the game.
Meanwhile, the following players were labeled as probable: Running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), running back Mark Ingram (shoulder), cornerback Keenan Lewis (knee), inside linebacker Curtis Lofton (ankle), tackle Zach Strief (chest) and running back Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder).