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Sheldon Rankins Injury: Updates on Saints DT's Leg and Return

Sheldon Rankins Injury: Updates on Saints DT's Leg and Return

Associated Press

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins suffered what is believed to be a broken fibula during Monday’s practice and will need surgery. It is uncertain when he will be able to return.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Rankins’ Timeline for Return

Monday, Aug. 15

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Rankins will undergo surgery and is “likely” to be sidelined “about six weeks,” citing a source. Schefter also spoke to another source who quoted a six-to-eight-week timeline for his return.

Nick Underhill of the Advocate previously reported the injury is “not believed to be season-ending.”

Rankins Reportedly Has Broken Leg 

Monday, Aug. 15

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that initial tests revealed the break and that Rankins is a candidate for injured reserve with a designation to return. Rapoport also reported that Rankins will undergo further testing to assess any other potential damage to his leg.

Rankins Injury Hampers Plans to Bolster Saints DL

Looking to shore up their leaky front seven, the Saints selected Rankins with the No. 12 overall pick in April. The Louisville product was seen as one of the safest prospects in the 2016 class, a can’t-miss combination of size and burst off the line.

“When I got to college, I looked at the guys who were doing things right,” Rankins said in May, per Christopher Dabe of “I fell in line behind them, and eventually took over a leadership role. Coming here, I’m going to do the same thing, following behind Nick Fairley, John Jenkins, Cam Jordan—guys like that, and eventually it will be my turn to lead.”

The Saints were in desperate need of a defensive talent infusion after their record-setting putridity over the last two seasons. In 2015, they set a record for the most passing touchdowns ever allowed in a season (45). Opposing quarterbacks posted a 116.2 rating against New Orleans.

While the Saints defense was not expected to be good, Rankins’ presence was vital for them to make any sort of improvement.

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