Saints' Drew Brees Reportedly Has Multiple Rib Fractures, Collapsed Lung
Could the Drew Brees era be over in New Orleans?
Brees suffered multiple broken ribs and a collapsed lung after taking a hit in the Saints' win over the 49ers on Sunday, according to ESPN.
Source: Results of medical evaluations performed today on #Saints quarterback Drew Brees revealed that he has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side. Injuries suffered over two weeks. It is uncertain how much time he might miss.— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) November 16, 2020
It is unknown how long Brees will be out for the Saints, but doctors are telling the 41-year-old to be cautious due to his collapsed lung.
While that sounds incredibly painful, the good news is that Brees might avoid going injured reserve which would sideline him at least three weeks.
#Saints QB Drew Brees has been battling injuries for several weeks. He entered the game with at least one cracked rib, now has multiple breaks along with a lung issue. I’m told Injured Reserve is not currently being discussed. That would mean he’s out three games.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 16, 2020
With Brees set to miss time, it'll potentially be a glimpse into the Saints' future at quarterback. New Orleans has Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill as Brees' backup.
It's unclear which QB will start for the Saints, but there's little doubt that both players will be used. Hill, who has never started in the NFL at quarterback, has thrown just 18 passes in his career. While Winston played the majority of the snaps under center after Brees exited the game.
Sean Payton says he won't announce a starting quarterback between Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill for this week against the Atlanta Falcons.— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) November 16, 2020
The Saints currently lead the NFC South with a 7-2 record. They play next play the Falcons in New Orleans.
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