Zach Strief back in Saints' starting lineup

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints will turn back to Zach Strief at right tackle this week.

On a conference call with the Tampa Bay media Wednesday, coach Sean Payton said Charles Brown (hip flexor) will be placed on the injured reserve list.

“Zach will be back and he’s going to start at that right tackle spot," Payton said.

Strief started the first three games of the season before suffering a knee injury. Brown took his place and did well initially. But Brown and the rest of the offensive line struggled in Sunday’s loss to St. Louis. Quarterback Drew Brees was sacked six times.

“Last week, we got into a lot of third-and-long situations,’’ Payton said. “Those are tough situations if you’re an offensive lineman.’’