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NFL Insider Has Promising Drew Brees Injury Update

A closeup of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees running onto the field.

TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 09: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints runs on to the field for warm-ups before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 09, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Saints fans have been waiting eagerly to find out how much time quarterback Drew Brees is likely to miss. The thumb injury he suffered this past week looked nasty and ultimately required surgery. As a result, they're preparing for a long stretch of games with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback.

The latest Drew Brees injury update is very promising, though.

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Brees' thumb surgery "went perfect" on Wednesday. He is expected to remain in Los Angeles to rehab during the coming days.

Per the report, the successful surgery means that the six-week timeframe for his return remains within reach.

Meanwhile, the Saints have opted not to place him on short-term injured reserve.

Brees is in his 19th NFL season but has only missed one game due to injury in his NFL career.

When healthy, the Saints are an elite offense and one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL. But without him, New Orleans is at risk of losing significant ground in the NFC playoff race.

If that six-week recovery timeframe proves accurate, we should expect to see Brees make his triumphant return on November 10 after their bye. The Saints will be hosting the Atlanta Falcons at the Superdome.

You can bet Brees will want to be a part of that game.