New Orleans Saints starting center Max Unger will miss the start of the season with a foot injury, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 8, 2017
Rapoport added that Unger is expected to begin 2017 on the physically unable to perform list, which would keep him out for at least the first six games of the season.
Unger, who is entering his ninth season in the NFL, has started 31 games over the last two seasons for the Saints since being acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in the Jimmy Graham trade.
The one game he missed was in Week 14 of 2016 at Tampa Bay, and that too was because of a foot injury. Tim Lelito, now with the Tennessee Titans, started in Unger’s place against the Buccaneers.
It’s unclear at this point if the two injuries are related.
Unger dealt with a pair of major injuries in his six seasons with the Seahawks.
Leg and foot injuries limited Unger to six games in the 2014 season. In 2010, he was placed on injured reserve after the season opener because of a toe injury.