New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl kicker Wil Lutz announced Monday that he will undergo surgery.
Saints coach Sean Payton later confirmed Lutz is dealing with a core muscle strain.
“Unfortunately, I found out that my training camp will be cut short due to an injury that had progressively worsened,” Lutz tweeted. “… We’ve decided it’s in our best interest to get this fixed now in order to miss the least amount of time possible.”
Can’t wait to get back! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers?? pic.twitter.com/nDpynEeL52
— Wil Lutz (@wil_lutz5) August 9, 2021
“He started with a core muscle strain and then last week, it progressed some,” Payton said Monday. “And so rather than wait, we’re going to have to go ahead and have that done right away. I don’t have a time frame (when Lutz will return).”
While Payton didn’t provide an expected time of absence, it’s expected Lutz will miss eight to 12 weeks. The typical recovery time from surgery is eight weeks but longer for kickers, per the reports.
ESPN reported the Saints are expected to sign kicker Brett Maher.
Maher, 31, last kicked in a regular-season game with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. He has made two 62-yard field goals and a 63-yard kick in his career.
Lutz, 27, has been dealing with a groin injury and left Saturday’s practice early.
Lutz made the Pro Bowl after the 2019 season. He has played in all 80 games since joining the Saints in 2016.
Lutz connected on 23 of 28 field goals in 2020, the lowest percentage (82.1) of his career. He did make 57 of 58 extra points. Lutz led the NFL in extra points and attempts in 2017, hitting 47 of 50. He made 88.9 percent of his field goal attempts in 2019, including a long of 58 yards.
–Field Level Media
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