The New Orleans Saints are facing a defensive challenge as standout cornerback Marshon Lattimore is set to miss a minimum of four games due to an ankle injury, according to reports from NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero.

The injury, sustained during Week 10 against the Minnesota Vikings, has led to the decision to place Lattimore on injured reserve, despite the team’s bye week providing some extra recovery time.

The earliest possible return for the four-time Pro Bowler is targeted for Week 16 in a Thursday night matchup against the Rams. This setback adds to the Saints’ woes, coming after the recent placement of Michael Thomas on injured reserve.

Navigating Absence of Elite Cornerback Marshon Lattimore

Lattimore, a defensive linchpin since his 2017 entry into the league, showcasing his ability to shut down some of the league’s top receivers. In 10 starts this season, he has once again demonstrated his value with one interception, eight passes defensed, 48 total tackles, and two tackles for loss.

With Lattimore on the sidelines, the responsibility of anchoring the cornerback position now falls to Isaac Yiadom, supported by Paulson Adebo and Cameron Dantzler in managing outside receivers.

This injury poses a significant test for the Saints’ defensive depth as they navigate through a challenging stretch without two key playmakers. The absence of Lattimore’s defensive prowess underscores the impact of losing a player who ranks among the league’s elite cornerbacks.