New Orleans Saints starting cornerback Keenan Lewis is expected to be miss four to six weeks after needing hip surgery, according to a report.
The Philadelphia Eagles play the Saints in Week 5 of the 2015 NFL regular season on Oct. 11. Six weeks away from today is Oct. 14, so there's a chance Lewis could miss the Eagles-Saints game.
The Eagles saw plenty of Lewis in the team's playoff loss to New Orleans in the 2014 NFL playoffs. The cornerback did a good job of containing DeSean Jackson prior to leaving the game with an injury.
Lewis being out hurts New Orleans' secondary. He's not their only loss, either. Rookie third round pick cornerback P.J. Williams was recently placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after suffering a torn hamstring. Big free agent signing Jairus Byrd, who was a total flop in his first season with the Saints, is a candidate for the regular season PUP list after not having practiced for a month. If the Saints place Byrd on the PUP list, the safety would automatically ruled out for the first six weeks of the season, which includes the Eagles game.
The Saints' defense ranked No. 31 overall by Football Outsiders in 2014. Rob Ryan's unit could continue to struggle due to these key injuries.