A scary situation unfolded at Saints practice Monday morning when defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, the No. 12 pick in April’s draft, was carted off the field. He suffered a broken fibula and is expected to miss six weeks in recovery, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday on Twitter.
Rankins was participating in Saints goal-line drills when he went down with the injury.
The 6-foot-1, 299-pound defensive tackle out of Louisville was looking to challenge for a starting spot on the Saints defensive line, a major area of need for last year’s 31st-ranked defense. New Orleans will likely lean much more heavily now on Nick Fairley, the former first-round pick whom they signed away from the Rams to a one-year deal this offseason.