Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness Sports
NEW ORLEANS ― Saints punter Thomas Morstead had successful surgery to correct an injury he suffered in a preseason game, a person familiar with the operation said.
Morstead is expected to stay in New Orleans while recovering, which could take 16 weeks.
New Orleans’ punter originally injured his left shoulder on the opening series of the Saints’ preseason opener at New England. After a 49-yard punt, the Saints’ special teams allowed Patriots returner Julian Edelman a big return and Morstead was forced into making the tackle.
After making the tackle, Morstead stayed on the ground before being helped by Saints trainers. X-rays were negative and he never ended up missing a regular season game.
Morstead finished his sophomore campaign by averaging 45.9 yards per punt, ranking him sixth in the NFL in gross average. He downed 21 of his kicks inside the 20. He had a long of 64 and had six touchbacks.
He was equally as impressive in the playoffs, averaging 47.8 yards per punt on four punts.