The New Orleans Saints will lack future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees for an extended period.
NFL Network Expert Ian Rapoport reports that Brees will go through surgical treatment to fix a torn ligament on his throwing thumb, per sources notified of the circumstance.
The preliminary timeframe for healing is approximately 6 weeks, per Rapoport.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported 6-8 weeks is the minimum since of the ligament damage in Brees’ thumb, depending upon the kind of surgical treatment he ends up having. It raises the possibility of positioning him on injured reserve, which would sideline him a minimum of eight weeks, per Pelissero.
The news is a huge blow for the Saints, whose offense focuses on the star quarterback.
The 40-year-old signal-caller suffered the injury on the Saints’ second drive Sunday. As he released a pass to tight end Jared Cook, Brees struck the hand of Rams protective deal with Aaron Donald and then had his digits pressed versus his own helmet. Brees would exit the video game and was seen on the sideline not able to grip a ball. He did not return and will now be out at least a month and a half.
Sitting tied atop the NFC South at 1-1, the Saints’ next six video games are at the Seattle Seahawks, home versus the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at the Jacksonville Jaguars, at the Chicago Bears and home versus the Arizona Cardinals before a Week 9 bye.
The NFL’s all-time leading passer has been very long lasting during his 14 years with the Saints, missing just one game due to injury in that span, back in 2015 with a rotator cuff strain. With one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history on the rack, Sean Payton is expected to roll with Teddy Bridgewater as the starter. In his very first meaningful action with the Saints, Bridgewater finished 17 of 30 passes for 165 lawns and was sacked two times while relieving Brees on Sunday. He led simply 3 field-goal drives in the 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
The whole Saints offense looked off-kilter following Brees’ exit as the Rams defense controlled the line of skirmish. For much of the contest, Bridgewater seemed reluctant to shoot, holding the ball far too long, and frequently requiring to see the opening prior to throwing instead of playing with anticipation. Possibly getting routine practice associates will allow the 26-year-old quarterback to perform more unwinded progressing. The Saints require better play from the QB if they are to stay in the hunt while Brees is out.
Payton could also decide to provide Taysom Hill– whom the coach has compared to Steve Young– a larger work or possibly take over if Bridgewater has a hard time.
With Brees out for a significant stretch, the balance of power in the NFC South is now up for grabs.