Lutz, who was designated to return from the casualty reserve last week, announced on social networks that he had a setback while recovering from abdominal muscle surgery and needs to “stop” it for the rest of the season.
The greater the obstacle, the more glorious it is to overcome it! Congratulations to Brian on his first winning game. New Orleans, you are in good hands! pic.twitter.com/i68oqfVrRj
– Wil Lutz (@wil_lutz5) October 26, 2021
The news is disappointing for a Saints team that was finally starting to recover after missing eight starters for most of the first five games this season.
The Saints will now stick with undrafted rookie kicker Brian Johnson, who they just signed with the Chicago Bears training team two weeks ago. Johnson made his two field goal attempts in wet and windy conditions Monday night in Seattle – including the go-ahead for 33 yards in the final two minutes of New Orleans’ 13-10 win over the Seahawks.
Johnson is the fourth kicker the Saints have used since Lutz had pre-season surgery. The Saints only made one of four field goal attempts in the first five weeks (all by Aldrick Rosas), and Cody Parkey also missed two more points.
When Johnson was asked after Monday’s game what his thought process was in a bad weather clutch situation in front of a hostile crowd, he said, “Don’t think about any of those things. Don’t overthink things, just go out there and do what I’ve done plenty of times before. “
Lutz made 86.6% of his field goal attempts during his five-year career, making the Pro Bowl in 2019.