You can expect the Saints to place him on injured reserve in the coming days and add someone to their roster.
The plan is for Rankins to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, but the bad news is that Achilles’ tears are one of the easier injuries to diagnose on the field.
Rankins suffered the injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s playoff game against the Saints and was later taken to the locker room on a cart.
Rankins, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Saints back in 2016. He’s in the third year of his four-year, $12.8 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $2.19 million for the 2019 season.
The Saints will have a fifth-year option to pick up on Rankins this April.
In 2018, Rankins appeared in all 16 games for the Saints and recorded 40 tackles, eight sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defense.