Saints feared has arrived, and they’re left with a decision to make Sep 16, 2019 at 11:37 am ET • 2 min read As expected, it’s not good news for Drew Brees The former Super Bowl MVP exited the New Orleans Saints battle in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams with an apparent injury to the thumb on his throwing hand , which was so severe that it prevented him from being able to grip the ball or, subsequently, return to the game The Saints went on to lose 27-9 to the Rams and as they packed their bags to head northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3, Brees wasn’t in tow He remained behind in Los Angeles to see a hand specialist and although he was admittedly “concerned” the injury was “significant,” he also hoped it was anything but As it turns out, his initial feelings were correct, because the 40-year-old has reportedly suffered a torn ligament his throwing hand that requires surgery to repair — per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network As such, Brees could miss upwards of the next six games #Saints QB Drew Brees has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and he’s going to require surgery, sources say The timeframe depends on the surgery, but he’s likely out 6 weeks That’s the initial estimate — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2019 Want the full scoop on Big Ben’s injury as well as an instant reaction to Drew Brees going down for six weeks or more? Listen to the Monday morning edition of the Pick Six Podcast with Will Brinson, Jared Dubin and Jason La Canfora in the player below Make sure and subscribe to get our daily NFL pod, now with seven (!) episodes per week, M-F This estimate isn’t written in stone, however, and it leaves the Saints with a decision to make
The news also wildly shifts power atop the NFC, as evidenced by Sportsline’s instant read and reaction.
“Heading into the Rams game they were at a 134% chance to win the Super Bowl After the loss (but with Brees playing) they went down to 109%Now with Brees out for 6 games they are down -1 win and their SB chances are just 79% Their per game win percentage is down 17% per game which translates to nearly 3 fewer wins over a full 16 game season” – Stephen Oh If the Saints opt to place Brees on injured reserve, he can still return this season but not until he sits a mandatory eight games; being allowed to return to practice after six weeks, but not before If the timetable for his return is closer to that length of time, it justifies the Saints freeing up the roster seat for some sort of addition between now and late November, should they see the value in doing so The alternate option would obviously be to roll the dice and not place him on injured reserve, which wouldn’t give them any added roster space but leaves the door open for him to return to practice as soon as he’s ready and also leaves the door open for a return likely as early as their Week 10 battle with the rival Atlanta Falcons The Saints have a bye in Week 9, and that could work in their favor here when making the final call on what to do with Brees For now, they’ll do their best to keep the boat afloat with Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill , along with potentially bringing in a third quarterback for depth — even if Brees doesn’t land on IR to free up a roster seat
Still very much in his prime after throwing for 3,992 yards and 32 touchdowns to just five interceptions last year, the Saints potential run at the Super Bowl is contingent upon just how quickly Brees can heal and get back onto the field.
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