The New Orleans Saints will play the NFC Championship Game without veteran tight end Ben Watson, who’s been ruled out with appendicitis.
According to Katherine Terrell of ESPN, Watson missed two practices due to appendicitis. He’s been able to avoid surgery but the team has decided he will be inactive for the title game. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media added Watson has been hospitalized but if the Saints win he might play in Super Bowl LIII.
What’s the impact?
- Watson has been a role player all year but will certainly be missed. He hauled in 35 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns and is a key blocker on the edge.
- During the team’s 45-35 win over Los Angeles in November, Watson caught three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Who steps up?
- Look for Josh Hill to take on an expanded role as the primary tight end. Additionally, we’d expect rookie Tre’Quan Smith to become more involved in the passing game.