The reeling Saints, coming off another frustrating loss Thursday night, could sure use some good news. Unfortunately, this isn’t it.
Taysom Hill, who imploded with four turnovers and a dreadful 46.3 completion percentage in Thursday night’s loss to Dallas, may have torn a tendon in his right (throwing) middle finger, an ailment commonly referred to as “Mallet Finger.” According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Hill will undergo further testing to determine whether he needs surgery. Hill’s injury is similar to the one Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson suffered earlier this year. Wilson missed three games and hasn’t looked right since coming back, laboring through one of the worst stretches of his NFL career.
Hill, who spent most of October in the concussion protocol, was successful running the ball Thursday night (11 carries for 101 yards), but was disastrous as a passer, committing three turnovers (including a pick-six) in the fourth quarter alone as the hapless Saints watched their losing streak grow to five games. Hill’s finger seemed to bother him throughout the game, at one point prompting backup Trevor Siemian to begin warming up on the Saints’ sideline, though he never took the field.
Playing without their top quarterback (Jameis Winston), wide receiver (Michael Thomas), running back (Alvin Kamara) and tight end (Adam Trautman), the injury-depleted Saints have been a train wreck of late, barely showing a pulse in humiliating losses to Atlanta, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Dallas. The Saints have a winnable game on tap against the Jets next Sunday, though with Sean Payton’s broken offense sputtering to the tune of 322.8 yards per game since Week 10, it’s hard to have much confidence in them, especially if they’re forced to start Siemian.