Rashid Shaheed Injury Update, What Happened to Rashid Shaheed?

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Rashid Shaheed Injury Update: What Happened to the Saints’ Star Receiver? Find out how the second-year wide receiver from Weber State suffered a groin injury during practice and how long he will be out of action/PHOTO COURTESY: Instagram

Rashid Shaheed, a rising star within the New Orleans Saints’ roster, encountered an unfortunate setback in the form of a groin injury during a practice session.

The second-year wide receiver left the field early and was evaluated by the team’s medical staff.

While head coach Dennis Allen expressed initial confidence that the injury was minor, it has been revealed that Shaheed is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks.

Shaheed’s Breakout Rookie Seas

Shaheed, who turns 25 on August 31, was the biggest surprise on the Saints roster in 2022.

An undrafted rookie from Weber State, he made the practice squad after a strong training camp.

He was promoted to the active roster in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals after a season-ending injury to Deonte Harty.

With his first offensive touch in the NFL, Shaheed took an end-around for a 44-yard touchdown against the Bengals.

Shaheed 53-yard touchdown

His second offensive touch resulted in a 53-yard touchdown reception against Arizona the following week.

Expected to take Harty’s place as the primary kickoff and punt returner, Shaheed became a bigger part of the offense down the stretch.

He finished his rookie campaign with 28 receptions for 488 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games.

He also averaged 9.7 yards on punt returns and 22.9 on kickoffs.

Over the last six games of the year, Shaheed was the leading receiver for the New Orleans offense, pulling in 22 catches for 377 yards in that span.

Shaheed’s Role in 2023

An explosive open field threat with game-breaking deep speed, Shaheed also showed strong route precision as a rookie.

He is expected to be a big part of the Saints offense alongside fellow second-year WR Chris Olave, even with the return of Michael Thomas and added weapons at running back and tight end.

Early reports indicate that the Saints are just being cautious with Shaheed in order to avoid worsening his injury. Let’s hope that’s accurate. New Orleans hosts Tennessee on September 10th in the 2023 season opener.

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