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The Saints placed Lutz (core) on injured reserve Monday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: After undergoing core muscle surgery in early August, Lutz was expected to need 8-to-12 weeks to recover, meaning a move to IR was inevitable. While he can return as early as Week 4 against the Giants, his best-case scenario actually may be Week 5 at Washington. At the moment, the Saints don't have a kicker on the active roster, so they may be getting ready to elevate Aldrick Rosas from the practice squad on a weekly basis until Lutz is back in action.
Sep 6, 2021 2:41 PM EST
Lutz will have core muscle surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Previous reports hinted at a recovery timeline of 8-12 weeks, essentially ruling Lutz out through September. He played all 16 games in each of his first five NFL seasons, and the Saints haven't been carrying another kicker at training camp. They'll likely look at a bunch of kickers in the coming days.
Aug 9, 2021 9:17 AM EST
Lutz suffered a core muscle injury during Saturday's practice, and he now may need a surgery that would lead to an absence of eight weeks or longer, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune suggests the recovery timeline could be closer to 12 weeks, with Lutz needing longer than most players because he's a specialist. He played every game in each of his first five NFL seasons, but with the reliable 27-year-old now in danger of missing the first half of the upcoming campaign, the Saints figure to look at multiple free-agent kickers.
Aug 9, 2021 8:00 AM EST
Lutz (groin) was removed from the non-football injury list for Wednesday's practice, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: The Saints never expected Lutz to miss much time and didn't even bother signing another kicker. The end of the Drews Brees era comes with some uncertainty, but Lutz is still a viable option at the end of fantasy drafts, as he's an accurate kicker who plays home games in a dome for what should be a competitive team.
Aug 4, 2021 9:20 AM EST
The Saints placed Lutz on the non-football injury list with a "soft tissue" issue, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: GM Mickey Loomis relayed that he expects Lutz to have a "pretty quick" recovery, meaning he may not miss many practice reps at the beginning of training camp. And with more than two weeks until New Orleans' first preseason game, Lutz has a good chance to miss no exhibition action whatsoever.
Jul 28, 2021 3:27 PM EST
Lutz agreed to re-work his contract with the Saints on Thursday, Luke Johnson of NOLA.com reports.
Analysis: The Saints will reportedly save $1.7 million in cap space by spreading some of the money owed to Lutz into future years. Lutz wrapped up 2020 with a career-worst 82.1 field goal percentage, which sets 2021 up to be a pivotal year for him.
Mar 4, 2021 3:18 PM EST
Lutz connected on both of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: Lutz ended the season on a high note, nailing all four of his attempts in the 10-point loss. After a down year in terms of accuracy, the Saints' kicker will look to improve in 2021 when he returns to New Orleans for his sixth season.
Jan 18, 2021 8:07 AM EST
Lutz missed his only field-goal attempt and made all three of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: After an uncharacteristically-inaccurate season, Lutz did little to allay concerns about his leg in Sunday's victory, failing to connect on his lone field-goal attempt of the afternoon. He'll need to be at his best in next week's NFC divisional matchup with the Buccaneers.
Jan 10, 2021 5:59 PM EST
Lutz converted both of his field-goal attempts and three of four extra-point attempts the Saints' 33-7 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: He had a down year in 2020, and his 82 percent conversion rate on field-goal attempts matches the lowest mark of his career, set in his rookie season. Lutz's field-goal attempts were a career-low 28 thanks to the uber-efficient Saints offense, but he missed five of those tries. The young kicker will look to bounce back in 2021.
Jan 4, 2021 1:02 PM EST
Lutz connected on all seven of his extra-point attempts and his lone field-goal attempt in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday.
Analysis: The Saints' kicker attempted just one field goal, but the team's seven rushing touchdowns were fruitful for him, as he knocked in all seven extra points. Lutz gets Carolina in Week 17.
Dec 26, 2020 3:24 AM EST
Lutz made all three of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 32-29 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Lutz had another disappointing game, though this week it was due to a lack of opportunity and not two missed field goals. Lutz has been tough to trust for fantasy purposes in recent weeks, but he'll get a solid draw with Minnesota in Week 16.
Dec 21, 2020 1:19 PM EST
Lutz failed to convert either of his field-goal attempts and made all three of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 24-21 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
Analysis: The typically-accurate kicker had a disastrous performance Sunday, leaving six points on the table in a game the Saints lost by just a field goal. This marks the first time all season Lutz has missed a kick in back-to-back weeks, and he'll look to bounce back in an important Week 15 showdown with Kansas City.
Dec 13, 2020 8:39 PM EST
Lutz missed his only field-goal attempt and converted all three of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 21-16 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Lutz appeared to injure his leg on the missed attempt, but he was ultimately able to finish the game and seems to have avoided any significant injury. He'll take on the Eagles in Week 14.
Dec 6, 2020 8:20 PM EST
Lutz converted his only field-goal attempt and all four of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 31-3 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
Analysis: Lutz's only field goal of the game came in the waning seconds of the first half from 40 yards out, and his extra points were knocked in following four rushing touchdowns. On the season, Lutz has missed just two field goals on 22 attempts and has remained perfect on 34 extra points.
Nov 29, 2020 5:44 PM EST
Lutz missed one of his two field-goal attempts but made all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 24-9 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Lutz converted from 22 yards on his first field goal, but then hit the left upright with a 53-yard attempt to close the next drive. Despite that miscue, the veteran still sports 91 points on the season, ranking fourth among kickers league-wide.
Nov 24, 2020 12:04 PM EST
Lutz hit both of his field-goal attempts and all three of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 27-13 win over the 49ers on Sunday.
Analysis: As usual, Lutz was automatic in the comfortable victory, as he scored nine points for the victorious Saints. He'll be in a favorable spot against Atlanta when the Saints take on the Falcons in Week 11.
Nov 15, 2020 6:52 PM EST
Lutz converted his lone field-goal attempt and all five of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 38-3 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: Another day, another solid effort from one of the league's most accurate kickers. He's missed just one kick all season and will remain an elite option for fantasy managers in Week 10 against San Francisco.
Nov 9, 2020 2:01 PM EST
Lutz connected on four of five field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point attempts in the Saints' 26-23 OT win over the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: Lutz missed his first kick of the year in this one. He made up for the error with a game-winning 35-yarder in overtime. Lutz will look to keep up his elite play in Week 9 against Tampa Bay.
Nov 2, 2020 10:30 AM EST
Lutz converted both of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra point attempts in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Lutz stayed perfect in this one, converting all five of his kicks, including the go-ahead field goal mid-way through the fourth quarter. Notched at 24 points apiece following the third quarter, Lutz knocked in a 43-yarder to give New Orleans a three-point edge which it would not relinquish. Lutz will look to keep the momentum going in Week 8 against a Bears team that has allowed the most field goal attempts to opposing kickers this season.
Oct 26, 2020 4:40 AM EST
Lutz converted on all three of his field-goal attempts and all three of his extra-point tries Monday in the Saints' 30-27 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Lutz's 36-yard field goal gave the Saints the lead with just over five minutes left in overtime, with the New Orleans defense holding the Chargers to a four-and-out on the ensuing possession to seal the win. Earlier in the contest, Lutz converted from 53 yards out, marking his longest field goal of the season. Through four games, Lutz has yet to miss any of his 27 kicks (nine field goals, 18 extra points).
Oct 13, 2020 11:58 AM EST
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