Talk persists regarding Brees' knees

The Saints moved quickly on Thursday to dispel the “100 thousand-trillion-million percent” accurate report from Kenny Wilkerson of WIST radio in New Orleans that the Saints are hiding the fact that quarterback Drew Brees has a small fracture and a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The evidence included a claim that Brees drop-kicked a field goal in practice on Thursday.  More relevant is the contention that he no longer is wearing a brace or a wrap and he has not had treatment on the knee in recent weeks.

But since the essence of the claim is that the Saints are covering up the injury, the chatter isn’t completely going away.

The folks at Canal Street Chronicles have heard, via a fairly tight chain of hearsay, that Brees is playing with pain in the knee.  On Friday, Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange reported in his weekly Tip Sheet that several NFL defensive players have detected in film study that Brees is favoring his right leg, not his left.

“Watching him on tape, he almost seems to be a little tender when he’s planting with his [right] leg,” an unnamed defensive end told Pasquarelli.  “I mean, word was getting around the league a little bit, you know?  You look for that kind of stuff.  Any kind of edge you can get, really.  They say the film doesn’t lie, but maybe we were all seeing something — and I compared notes with some [defensive] line buddies who agreed — we just wanted to see.”

Our guess is that the talk will persist throughout the season, and that we won’t have resolution until after the season, when Brees does — or doesn’t — have surgery on his left knee. 

Or his right knee.

27 responses to “Talk persists regarding Brees' knees

  1. What the hell does it matter? How if he isnt held out of practice can the Saints be “covering” up a injury? Making a mountain out of a ant hill.

  2. who do the saints and brees think they are?how could brees possibly have a injury without telling florio about it?this is an outrage I tell you! and after all the trouble mike went thru to get that info without their help,somebody who knows somebody told somebody who is not allowed on saints property so it must true!

  3. I heard Brees likes to grab a lot of butts. A player noticed it on film.
    “He seems to take a liking to other players’ butts, grabbing them as often as he can. After every play he makes a cup with is right hand and seeks out a butt to grab, whether it be a teammate, opponent, or occasionally the ref. No matter the outcome of the previous play he finds a butt to grab. I think we, as a defensive unit, can use this butt fixation to our advantage.”
    Brees commented by saying, “Butts? Ive never grabbed a butt all year. Not sure where these reports are coming from. Not true I can tell you that. Butts are nothing special to me.”
    The unnamed reporter then said Brees proceeded to grab his butt after the interview.

  4. Pasquarelli heard the word ‘tender’ and then reflexively ate the unnamed defensive end, prematurely ending the interview.

  5. The real benchmark here gentlemen to determine the health of Brees’ knees is to verify if his Facebook time has suddenly decreased. If Sean Payton is lying about THAT then you know Goodell is around the corner.

  6. So no brace + never missing a snap in practice + dropkicking a football 40 yards + unsubstantiated rumor from a disgraced “reporter” forced to be on AM because no one on FM or TV would have him + Peter King and multiple other reporters essentially calling him a liar = you pushing this rumor? Wow, great reporting job.

  7. This must be a slow week for you, Mike. I guess now that Moss is settled in Tennessee and Farve hasn’t sent any pictures of his organ to anyone this week, there’s nothing else to report about…except Brees’ knees.
    Mid season, there aren’t ANY football players who don’t have pain. They play with it. They plant, they run, they block, they tackle and they kick just as hard as they can. If they need to be treated they get treatment, they DON’T *not* get it because they don’t want anyone to know. That would be insane. Wait, wait, is insanity your game, Mike?

  8. I don’t think it’s possible to move as well as Brees has with a torn meniscus but then again I’m not a doctor. His knee is probably injured but I doubt it’s a torn meniscus. I’d be willing to believe that it’s a small fracture.

  9. Hilarious. Florio runs with info from crazy Kenny Wilkerson that is immediately debunked the day he does it, but he still can’t let it go. Now we have “evidence” in the form of this totally unsubstantiated claim from a fifth rate podcast, and fat Len Pasquarelli saying someone may have seen something on film. This site is apparently in the conspiracy theory business now. Whatgarbage.

  10. Brees is playing with pain in his knee? Wow. An NFL player has pain in an extremity after the mid-way point of the season. Shocking.
    How about an article about the players who DON’T have any pain at this point? It’d be a shorter list.

  11. “Talk persists”, Florio, because you can’t just admit that you were “Stonewalled” and move on. Now it’s the other leg?

  12. I’m surprised there was only 1 “Madden curse” comment. I tore my right ACL in college 10 years ago playing QB. One thing that people have always told me, even to this day, is i look as if I favor my left leg as opposed to my injured right. Seems weird, but I think it’s a situation of trying to put less pressure on the right, without showing a limp, which makes the left drag or look like it’s heavier.
    Good luck to our Browns and the gunslinging kid Colt this week. I hope you enjoy the ovation you receive when you run on the field in your first of many home starts.

  13. Wukong says:
    November 6, 2010 12:38 PM
    Hilarious. Florio runs with info from crazy Kenny Wilkerson that is immediately debunked the day he does it, but he still can’t let it go. Now we have “evidence” in the form of this totally unsubstantiated claim from a fifth rate podcast, and fat Len Pasquarelli saying someone may have seen something on film. This site is apparently in the conspiracy theory business now. Whatgarbage.
    —-Yeah, “no crap” as they say! I love reading PFT, and Florio can be insightful and funny. BUT, he also has tendency to use the word “evidence” when the item in question is not even close to evidence. It might be a rumor from an obscure sports analyst, or the totally reliable and accurate ESPN (e.g. Know-Nothing Adam Sphincter). God, he’s worse than freaking Tony Reali from ATH….with the enormous head and small body)!
    As for Saints and Brees…shit, let it GO. They are clearly not hiding anything. Secondly, who the hell cares if he has “soreness” in his knee. I have soreness in various joints all the damn time. Don’t you think a guy in the NFL who runs around all Sunday getting slammed to the ground by 350lb men would have some soreness, discomfort or pain from time to time?
    Maybe we should start to put mosquito bites, dental plaque, and stuffy noses on the injury report, too.

  14. During the Falcons game, Brees clearly took a shot to the right knee. He grabbed it and limped back to the huddle. He hasn’t been the same since. I don’t know the extent of the damage but, I think there is some truth to this rumor.

  15. Drew Brees has not been Drew Brees this year. I have suspected the knee was bothering him. But because he is Drew Brees, he won’t complain, won’t make excuses, he will just show up and give 110%. If he can make it through the season, he will and then I suspect if he needs to get it fixed, he will. Brees is a warrior.

  16. # Chadsay says: November 6, 2010 3:17 PM
    During the Falcons game, Brees clearly took a shot to the right knee. He grabbed it and limped back to the huddle. He hasn’t been the same since. I don’t know the extent of the damage but, I think there is some truth to this rumor.
    ——————————————————
    So he wasn’t the same when he killed the Bucs on the road AFTER the Falcons game?

  17. he is hurt but its minor….i played through a season with a small fracture and even a volleyball tournament with a fractured toe. the sand wasnt as bad as the hardwood….he can play but some of his passes have been a little inaccurate. clearly he must haved healed during halftime of the pittsburgh game czuse he ripped them apart….20/22 191 2tds and he finally showed the nfl world how to beat polomalu in coverage. drew brees wore troy out when in the first quarter troy came out on fire. we play hard against the great elite teams. we should go about 7-1 to finish out the season…..

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