Saints rookie offensive lineman to miss time with bad case of turf toe: report

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The New Orleans Saints may go without a player whom they hope will be is a future key cog in their franchise.

Rookie offensive lineman Trevor Penning suffered a bad case a turf toe and could be sidelined for “some time,” according to NFL Network.

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Trevor Penning #70 of the New Orleans Saints works against Kingsley Enagbare #55 of the Green Bay Packers during the first half of a preseason game at Lambeau Field on Aug. 19, 2022, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
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Penning reportedly suffered the injury during Friday night’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Northern Iowa product had been picking battles in training camp, starting brief fights for three consecutive days.

“It’s football; we’re competing,” Penning said after he got into it with defensive lineman Payton Turner. “It’s a tough game for tough people and you’ve got to be able to take that. There’s no bad blood between us. We’re just competitors competing.”

Trevor Penning #OL38 of the Northern Iowa Panthers speaks to reporters during the NFL Draft Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 3, 2022, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Trevor Penning #OL38 of the Northern Iowa Panthers speaks to reporters during the NFL Draft Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 3, 2022, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Penning said at the time that he is simply playing until he hears a whistle.

“It’s part of my game, I think. It’s just how I am as a player,” Penning said. “But I’m obviously out there working technique. I’m trying to get better at the technique of the game, getting the blocks down. The finishing ability, that’s what I pride myself in, and that’s always going to be part of my game.”

NFL Network also reports that Penning will undergo an MRI for a true diagnosis.

National offensive lineman Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa (70) during the Reese's Senior Bowl practice session on February 2, 2002 at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. 

National offensive lineman Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa (70) during the Reese’s Senior Bowl practice session on February 2, 2002 at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. 
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