Juwan Johnson Dec 31, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Juwan Johnson (83) breaks a tackle from Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Christian Izien (29) in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints will have to prepare for the 2024 NFL season without a key piece for an undisclosed amount of time. Saints tight end Juwan Johnson is poised to undergo foot surgery, according to reports emerging on Thursday.

Johnson is set to miss “a while,” according to the ESPN report on his status.

“The source told Schefter that the hope is Johnson will be back for the start of the regular season. The Saints will open the season at home against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8,” the article wrote.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter posted about the news on X, the website formerly known as Twitter.

Johnson starred in college at Penn State and Oregon. He’s been solid for the Saints since he arrived in the NFL in 2020, totaling 96 receptions, 1,074 yards, and 15 career touchdowns in 50 career games. In 2022, he posted his bet numbers, with 42 receptions, 508 yards, and seven receiving touchdowns.

The Saints are hoping to bounce back after a disappointing 2023 season. They’ll need everybody, including Johnson, to make that happen, so their hope that he misses no playing time will, for their sake, come to fruition.

[Adam Schefter, ESPN]

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