Drew Brees looks set to miss out on some substantial game action for the first time given that signing up with the New Orleans Saints.
NFL Network Expert Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday morning that Brees is believed to have actually suffered a ligament problem in the thumb on his tossing hand, per sources notified of the scenario, and is taking a look at missing some video game time.
Brees went to a professional in Los Angeles following Sunday’s 27-9 loss to the Rams, and the group is expected to know the complete extent of the problem later today.
The 40-year-old quarterback suffered the injury to his throwing hand on the Saints’ second drive Sunday. As he released a pass to tight end Jared Cook, Brees struck the hand of protective take on Aaron Donald, and after that had his digits pushed against his own helmet. Brees would leave the game and was seen on the sideline unable to grip a ball. He did not return.
“Yeah, I am concerned,” Brees said after the game. “I am hoping it’s not too significant. … I’m hoping for the best and preparing for whatever the next steps might be according to the evaluation.”
Depending on the seriousness of the ligament damage, Brees’ timeline might vary from 2 to 3 weeks and return using a brace or need surgical treatment on the thumb that would sideline him deep into the season.
The NFL’s all-time leading passer has actually been incredibly long lasting during his 14 years with the Saints, missing out on simply one game due to injury because period, back in 2015 due to a rotator cuff pressure. Sadly, now he’s gazing at his first considerable missed out on time using the Fleur-de-lis.
With Brees expected to miss out on games, Sean Payton will turn to Teddy Bridgewater, the veteran backup who elected to remain in New Orleans as insurance instead of seeking a beginning job somewhere else. The decision to stay with the Saints now appears prescient.
In his very first meaningful action for the Saints with the remainder of the beginning group, Bridgewater finished 17 of 30 passes in relief Sunday for 165 yards and was sacked two times, leading simply three field-goal drives. The whole Saints offense looked shell-shocked after Brees’ exit, and the Rams defensive front dominated the game, repressing Alvin Kamara and swarming Bridgewater.
Sometimes Teddy B looked like the passer we remember from his Minnesota days before a devastating injury wiped out years of his profession. At others, he looked skittish to shoot, late on tosses, and held the ball far too long. With the 26-year-old set to get all the practice representatives, we ‘d expect he’ll be better prepared to handle the fire Sunday when the Saints handle the Seahawks in Seattle. The Saints deal with the Seahawks, Cowboys, Bucs and Jaguars the next four weeks.
If Bridgewater fails, Payton could provide Taysom Hill a shot to play full-time quarterback.
Nevertheless the Saints manage the loss, with Brees set to miss out on video games, the whole complexion of the NFC playoff image could be changed by the time he returns.