Former Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore will reportedly undergo surgery on his injured thumb, a procedure that, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, will require a multi-week absence.
Lattimore, who the Saints rewarded with a mammoth, five-year, $97.6-million extension including $44 million in guaranteed money over the weekend, put on a masterful display against the Packers in Week 1, limiting Davante Adams—last year’s league leader in receiving touchdowns with 18—to five catches for 56 scoreless yards in a 38-3 New Orleans rout. Among cornerbacks, only Pittsburgh’s Joe Haden and Casey Hayward of Las Vegas received higher coverage marks from ProFootballFocus in Week 1.
Lattimore won’t be in uniform for Sunday’s game in Carolina and, barring a miraculous recovery, will also be a spectator when the Saints visit Bill Belichick’s Patriots in Week 3. Newcomer Desmond Trufant, who joined New Orleans last week after being let go at the end of Bears training camp, should see an expanded role in Lattimore’s absence, working on the perimeter opposite Paulson Adebo with nickel corner Chauncey Gardner-Johnson assuming slot duties. Trufant earned Pro Bowl status with Atlanta in 2015 though obviously the 31-year-old, now playing for his fourth team in three seasons, isn’t the difference-maker he once was.