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Taysom Hill entered the Week 13 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys nursing an ankle issue, but now he’s got another and arguably bigger problem to deal with going forward. The New Orleans Saints’ hybrid talent took on the role as starting quarterback for head coach Sean Payton on Thursday night, but headed to the sideline in the first quarter for medical evaluation after apparently injuring his throwing hand on a pass with a defender closing in on a potential sack. However, Hill returned to the game and wound up playing 100% of the offensive snaps.
The 31-year-old reportedly suffered a torn tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand — known as mallet finger — but will not require surgery, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and Hill will try to play through the injury. For reference, it’s the same injury suffered earlier this season by Russell Wilson, who then underwent surgery before missing time and returning for the Seattle Seahawks, but Wilson has been a shell of his former self as he tries to regain his throwing prowess.
According to Schefter, Hill’s injury is not as extensive as Wilson’s was. Even so, it begs the question of how effective/ineffective Hill might be as a passer going forward; and particularly considering his struggles in that area when he’s healthy.
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