That’s tough. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton shared a brief update on injured quarterback Taysom Hill during his Monday morning media availability session, saying that Hill expects surgery to repair a Lisfranc fracture to his left foot. An initial procedure will add hardware to fix the broken bones; a later, smaller follow-up will remove it and put him on the path towards playing in 2022. Unfortunately for Hill, this is something he’s experienced before — a Lisfranc injury to his other foot ended his 2015 season at BYU. He knows what the process entails.
Recovery times for Lisfranc injuries are tough to plot out, though. There are a lot of variables from one athlete to the next, ranging from the severity of the break to their body type. A 2018 study found that most pro football and rugby players miss about ten months after surgery, with some returning as soon as seven months sooner while others take a year or longer to fully recover.
For context, Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport was diagnosed with a Lisfranc fracture in Dec. 2019 and was able to start training camp in late July without a stay on the physically unable to perform list, which beat the average timeline. That should be the most optimistic expectation for Hill, but we’ve got to remember that he’ll have other injuries to recover from this offseason, too. He played through plantar fascia in his right foot, a torn ligament in his throwing hand, and he missed most of a month with a serious concussion. We shouldn’t be shocked if it takes him longer than others to get back on the field.
So this means both of the Saints’ top two quarterbacks for 2022 will be recovering from serious injuries. Jameis Winston is still working his way back from a midseason torn ACL, and unlike Hill he isn’t under contract beyond March. It’s not a great situation for the Saints to be in, but they’ve got the means to navigate it. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes next.