New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees appeared to injure his hand in the first quarter of his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Monday, after seeing a specialist, Brees learned the extent of his injury.
According to multiple reports, Brees has a torn ligament in his thumb and will have to undergo surgery. He’s “likely” going to be out six weeks, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
After the contest, Brees was spotted wearing some sort of brace or cast. Saints fans have been worried since. Apparently it was for good reason.
Brees and the Saints were looking forward to avenging their NFC title game defeat a year ago this season. Getting back to the playoffs is going to be much more difficult now.
#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
Saints' QB Drew Brees is expected to undergo thumb surgery as early as today that would be expected to sideline him approximately 6 weeks, per leagues sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2019
If Brees is to miss six weeks, the Saints will have to go with backup Teddy Bridgewater against the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals. It’s a tough slate to manage without Brees in the lineup.
New Orleans sits with a 1-1 record after defeating the Houston Texans in week one and falling to the Rams in week two.
Bridgewater finished the game against Los Angeles 17-of-30 for 165 yards. He’ll need to play better to keep the Saints afloat.