Jermon Bushrod Jersey

NFL offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod was named the Saints’ Ed Block Courage Award winner in December, this after he and his wife endured the loss of their one-week-old daughter in October. The Ed Block Courage Award is given annually to a player from each NFL team who has preserved through adversity.

Bushrod’s wife, Jessica, gave birth to their daughter, Jordyn Lynn, who suffered from Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which can cause delayed development and growth before birth. Jordan Lynn was born Oct. 11 and passed away Oct. 18.

Despite the loss, Bushrod, 34, remained with the Saints, helping them win four of their last five games to clinch their second straight NFC South title.

Bushrod dropped by The Zach Gelb Show to discuss his family’s emotional journey, thank the Saints for their support, and offer hope to listeners.

“God’s not going to put us through anything that we can’t handle,” Bushrod said. “We’re going to be better because of this.”

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported it’s a one-year deal.

Bushrod, 31, played the last three seasons with the Chicago Bears. The Bears cut him in February after he failed a physical. They saved $4.3 million and rid themselves of Bushrod’s onerous $6.3 million base salary, per Over the Cap.

“I’m very appreciative of the kind words of support from the family, friends and fans that have reached out to me,” Bushrod said in an Instagram post following his release. “Unfortunately my time in Chicago is up and it’s on to the next chapter in life. We will continue to grind. Thank you @chicagobears for giving me the opportunity to line up with that C on the side of my helmet.”

Bushrod started 30 games during his first two seasons in Chicago but saw injuries and ineffectiveness cost him his job in 2016. Charles Leno Jr., a former seventh-round choice, replaced Bushrod in the starting lineup amid concussion and shoulder problems for the veteran. Bushrod wound up getting on the field for 12 games but was listed as a starter only four times.

“It’s not easy,” Bushrod said in October, per Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. “It’s really tough. I try to keep all my thoughts as positive as I can. My mindset, I try to keep everything in perspective and really honing in on…what you have to do to get better. If you give it your all every single day, at the end of it, whatever happens, you have to be happy.”

Bushrod’s combination of injuries and ineffective play make it unlikely he’ll garner much more than a one-year contract. Top offensive tackles are signing ridiculous deals on the open market. The Oakland Raiders agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal with Kelechi Osemele, per ESPN.com, on the sheer idea he could be a long-term fit at left tackle.

Bushrod has two Pro Bowls under his belt and a decent history of success at the NFL level. The Dolphins are buying low in the hopes he has one more good year in him.

It has been quite a while since the New Orleans Saints have had their entire offensive line on the field together during practice.

The team hasn’t had everyone available since the week leading up to their Nov. 11 game at Cincinnati — a game during which Terron Armstead suffered a torn pectoral muscle. Jermon Bushrod then suffered a hamstring injury during a Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers.

Since then, Armstead came back and got hurt again against the Steelers in Week 16, and Andrus Peat suffered a hand injury that knocked him out of action during the regular-season finale against the Carolina Panthers. Somewhere along the way, Larry Warford picked up a knee injury that he’s been fighting the last few weeks.

But the whole group was back on the field for Wednesday’s practice, which at least creates the possibility that some or all of the players will be available for Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In fact, nobody was missing from practice.

Bushrod, Armstead, tackle Ryan Ramczyk (should), defensive end Alex Okafor (knee), Warford and Peat were limited.

Armstead wasn’t willing to put a percentage on his health, but he did say he feels good. He said playing this week is the goal and that he will play if he is “functional and can produce.”

“It’s been a tricky injury,” he added. “Some things don’t bother me at all. Some things bother me more. It’s hard to put a percentage on it. I feel pretty good, though. I’m doing a lot better.”

In fact, nobody was missing from practice.

Bushrod, Armstead, tackle Ryan Ramczyk (should), defensive end Alex Okafor (knee), Warford and Peat were limited.

Armstead wasn’t willing to put a percentage on his health, but he did say he feels good. He said playing this week is the goal and that he will play if he is “functional and can produce.”

“It’s been a tricky injury,” he added. “Some things don’t bother me at all. Some things bother me more. It’s hard to put a percentage on it. I feel pretty good, though. I’m doing a lot better.”

New Orleans would probably be fine without him, or any of the other offensive linemen, this week against the Eagles. Singularly, the Saints have the depth to overcome just about any injury on the line.

The issues become more pronounced if multiple players are on the shelf and the team needs to go further down the depth chart to fill gaps.

Philadelphia blitzed on 33 percent of Brees’ dropbacks during the first meeting and still only managed to create pressure on five or six plays. He was never sacked and was hit only once.

If viewed without further context, that game severely alters the picture of a pass rush that tied for eighth in the league with 44 sacks. So, while it might be a hard sell in New Orleans, the Eagles’ do have a productive pass rush that can create problems even when everyone is healthy.

They still have to go out and execute and put that talent to use. Doing so will be a lot harder if New Orleans has most or all of its players back on the line this week. There is still a long way to go before Sunday arrives. The good news is, those guys are on the field. That at least opens up the possibility of them playing.

If nothing else, it is an essential first step.

Saints offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod was the only Saints player who didn’t practice on Thursday.

It was the second straight missed practice for Bushrod, who injured a hamstring in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Five other Saints, including four offensive linemen, were limited in practice. Those listed as “limited” were linemen Terron Armstead (pectoral/knee), Max Unger (concussion), Andrus Peat (shoulder) and Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and punter Thomas Morstead (left ankle).

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner didn’t practice on Thursday either. Conner, the Steelers’ leading rusher with 909 yards, has missed the past two games with an ankle injury.

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