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Saints quarterback Taysom Hill makes decision on playing with mallet finger

Saints, Taysom Hill

The New Orleans Saints lost to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. Saints quarterback Taysom Hill didn’t look particularly good, tossing four interceptions, though the signal-caller suffered an injury on the middle finger of his throwing hand, which was confirmed to be ‘mallet finger.’ ESPN’s Adam Schefter provided an update on the playing status of Hill as he deals with the finger injury.

It’s good news for the Saints that Taysom Hill’s finger injury isn’t as serious as Russell Wilson, who dealt with the same condition earlier this year and had to miss extended time. And it’s equally encouraging that Hill can consider playing through the injury, but is it a good idea for him to do so?

Think about it this way. Hill is no pocket passer, as evidenced not only by his performance throwing the ball against Dallas but also by how well he ran the ball. Hill, a self-proclaimed physical player, is at his best for the Saints when he is allowed to run downhill into the defense and make plays with his legs.

It’s good that Hill won’t require surgery but how good of an idea is it to ask a quarterback who just recovered from a nagging foot injury to carry the ball 12 times up the middle into larger defenders and take contact play-after-play? It’s one thing to ask Hill to do that if he’s healthy.

It’s entirely another thing to ask him to do it when banged up. The stressful Saints’ season continues for their fans.