Cody Parkey

Saints kicker Cody Parkey holds a ball on the sideline during the New Orleans Saints' game against the Washington Football Team in Landover, Md., on Oct. 10, 2021. (Photo by Michael Nance, via The New Orleans Advocate) Content Exchange

METAIRIE, La. - The New Orleans Saints are expected to place kicker Cody Parkey on the injured reserve after he injured his groin during warmups ahead of Sunday's game against the Washington Football Team, according to a report from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Parkey didn't attempt any field goals Sunday, but he went 3-of-5 on point after tries.

Parkey also kicked the first three kickoffs, but punter Blake Gillikin came in for kickoffs in the fourth quarter.

Only one of Parkey's kickoffs resulted in a touchback. One made it to the 1-yard line, while the other made it into the end zone but was brought out for a 26-yard return.

Without speaking on specifics, Sean Payton said of the kicker situation Monday, "Hopefully Wil is close to getting back and I think he is. In the meantime, we'll make sure we evaluate each of our options and all of our options. And the good news is we have an additional week to do that."

Parkey was the third kicker the Saints have signed to temporarily replace injured kicker Wil Lutz, who has been on the injured reserve all season.

There was slight optimism within the Saints camp that Lutz could return for New Orleans' game against the Seattle Seahawks in two weeks, but New Orleans is expected to sign yet another kicker for that game, sources told the Times-Picayune, because Lutz is not quite ready to come back yet.

The Saints signed Parkey on Oct. 6, one day after releasing kicker Aldrick Rosas. Rosas was released after he missed three straight field goals, two against the New England Patriots and one against the New York Giants.

The first kicker New Orleans brought in was Brett Maher, who played in a preseason game for the Saints against the Baltimore Ravens. Maher, though, sustained a groin injury that day and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter.

The Saints brought in Rosas after that.

Lutz, who had core muscle surgery during training camp, was placed on the injured reserve ahead of the Saints' season opener and has now missed five games.

He is eligible to return whenever the Saints' medical staff clears him to play.

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