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Tim Lelito faced an unenviable task on Sunday.

Lelito, who has spent most of the season shuffling back and forth between the sixth offensive lineman in the Saints' "Jumbo" packages and spot starts at guard, moved into the middle for the first time since 2014.

This time he was replacing the rock of the New Orleans offensive line. Max Unger, who had played all but one of 2,015 snaps in his 28 games with the Saints, was forced to miss Sunday's game with a foot injury.

"Basically, I had to try and replace the best center in the league," Lelito said. "Obviously, I didn't do that. It wasn't enough today."

Lelito, who was initially groomed at center in 2014 and lost a competition with Rodney Hudson for the starting job, has primarily played guard for the past two seasons, but he still works on the quarterback-center exchange every week in case something happens to Unger.

For the better part of two years, those snaps have been merely preparation, given Unger's durability.

Replacing a player like Unger is no easy task.

BY JOEL A. ERICKSON

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