Drew Brees needs thumb surgery, likely out six weeks

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The Saints are going to have to get used to life without Drew Brees.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Brees has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right thumb, and he needs surgery.

Depending on the timetable established once the surgery is done, he’ll likely miss six weeks, which creates some roster considerations for the Saints. A stint on IR would free up a spot, but require him to be out for eight weeks.

That puts Teddy Bridgewater (or perhaps at some point Taysom Hill) in charge of a team that was built to win now.

Brees hasn’t decided who will do the surgery or other specifics, so the timetable could change. But it’s clearly a bad sign for Brees, who hasn’t missed a game because of injury since 2015 (and that’s the only one).

67 responses to “Drew Brees needs thumb surgery, likely out six weeks

  1. Ok, that means we are gonna need the refs to help the Saints for a few weeks.
    Shouldn’t be a problem, right Al?

  2. Bridgewater played well given circumstances, they’re still a good team with him at QB. And it will be interesting to see the experiment named Taysom Hill; kind of an x-factor at quarterback but Ravens showing this year a super-mobile run’n’gunner can get it done.

  3. My team has 3 real threats…3 teams with QBs that can take over games…Drew Brees going down for 6 weeks along with their loss yesterday means they’re done. Season is over. Now down to 2 teams left we’d prefer to avoid.

  4. I have faith in Teddy Bridgewater but Saints fans need to keep some perspective. Teddy lost @ Rams and will likely lose @Seahawks. These are 2 games Drew probably woulda lost anyway, plus the Cowboys at home after that. Very tough road for a QB to start on!

  5. Will the Saints fans take the NFL to court again? They can get an injunction to hold the start of the season until the first week of November? Who dat complaining about the injustice of it all?

  6. 6 weeks actually seems short to have surgery and get back to throwing the ball with the same speed and accuracy as before. 8-10 weeks seems more likely.

  7. If I were a Saints fan, I would be livid. What gives? Seriously. It makes one almost believe in the conspiracies. I suppose I should be ready for when the incompetence happens to my team. This “product” is getting harder and harder to enjoy. Roger is a disgrace.

  8. That’s a bad beat for the Saints to start off this season to lose Brees for the next 6 games or so. The one positive that comes of this is now I’ll never have to hear every single Saints game how Sean Payton thinks Taysom Hill is the next Steve Young because he’s an athletic left handed QB which is where comparisons end. Payton runs the ball 90% of the time Hill lines up under center so there is nothing to break down as far as him being an actual starting QB in this league. Wether Teddy gets start this week or not he has shown what he is as a QB at this point so no way I see him starting al 6 so Hill will get his chance to show the Saints if he has chance to be their QB of the future. Also if u really r delusional enough to believe he’s Young then why did Teddy finish out game at QB when Brees went down. Hopefully now announcers won’t say that idiotic comparison every week on commentary.

  9. Outside of maybe the Seahawks and Cowboys, the Saints schedule over the next 6 weeks is not super intimidating. If Drew comes back week 10 after the bye and the team is 4-4, it’s not inconceivable that they could still make a run at the playoffs. Nobody in this division has looked that great through 2 weeks.

  10. Let’s be real. Teddy Bridgewater is not a good QB. Oh yeah, the media, the NFL, and many bed wetting pie-in-the-sky SJW types desperately pretend he is. But serious people know he isn’t. The reason he is still in the league, and more to the point, on the Saints, is they are still doing penance for bounty gate. Fact. Deny it all you want, it’s still the truth.

  11. the pendulum does swing both ways.
    there will be good news for Brees and the Saints.
    Thats the way the world works.
    I would be great if it started fight now.

  12. Brees is one of the most durable quarterbacks of his era. Until now, he’s missed one game since his junior year in high school. It’s entirely feasible that the Saints go .500 through the next 6 games. When Drew comes back, half the season is still before them. The sky isn’t falling.

  13. Talk about bad luck. It seems like the Saints have been cursed since Tom Benson died. Cowboys will be catching a huge break not having to face Brees. Giants,Skins, Dolphins and now Saints with no QB. The Cowboys are gonna feel like that are walking on sunshine.

  14. Sean you like to take snaps away from Brees with Hill. So put him in and show what kind of QB he is. He has 6-8 weeks.

  15. Not a Saints fan but I am a fan of Drew Brees. Although he won’t be playing for a few weeks I suspect he will still be a leader on this team.

    Heal up Drew- you aren’t done quite yet!

  16. Not the best scenario for Brees but his body will be in better shape without 6 games of hits. Hopefully they can stay in it until then. Pretty crappy division lol they should be fine.

  17. If they can play .500 ball untill Brees comes back they will have a chance. Heck they can go 2-4 and still have a decent shot. It’s the 1-5 or 0-6 that will kill them.

  18. Maybe I’m missing something but wasn’t it breezy that Miami didn’t want to take a chance on because he had to have surgery on his shoulder. He didn’t miss any games with that surgery???

  19. The Saints deserve every bit of bad luck coming their way. They have been an extremely dirty team, especially going after Favre like they did in 2009.

  20. This is really solid news… Brees is a good guy but make no mistake, he’s a stat guy through and through! Unlike Brady, Manning and Brees LOVE throwing the ball from 1st or 2nd and 1 from the 1 yard line. I watched Brady yesterday hand it off and then QB sneak it in…2 things he does weekly that Drew Brees would NEVER do.

    I’m glad he has all those stats…I’d prefer wins or rings. Think of it this way aints fans, in another decade Pat Mahomes will have ever stat record known to man and Brees will be a footnote like Dan Marino is now.

  21. The saints season isn’t over cuz an 8-8 record can likely win that division, so even if they go 2-4 or even 1-5 without Brees, they could easily go 6-2 with him to finish 8-8, the panthers and bucs probably win 5 or 6 games, and the falcons are off and on, so I would still take the saints to win the division .

  22. 5 / 6 games are against NFC teams but only 1 is in the division. Realistically, they gotta figure out how to go 4-2 heading into their by-week. But even if they go .500 the division may still be in play.

  23. 6 Weeks (Seahawks, Cowboys, Bucs, Jags, Bears, Cardinals). Definitely losing to Seattle, Dallas and Chicago. Probably losing to a more seasoned Kyler Murray led Arizona team. Tampa Bay and Jacksonville are both crap shoots. Could lose to either or win both.

    Best case is .500 ball and they’re 4-4 when Drew comes back. Most likely they go 5-1 or 4-2 and he needs to be flawless to get them into the wildcard. Once he’s back, if they split with the Falcons and Panthers series and win one of the 49ers/Titans games, they’ll end up around 8 or 9 wins and on the outs but not a great draft pick.

  24. It’s popular to say their season is done but if they can go 3-3 with the backup then they’re sitting there at 4-4 when Brees returns and they’ll be in position to make a run. Among the Saints’ next six opponents are Bucs, Jags, and Cards. They have the ability to keep their heads above water until Brees gets back, at least.

  25. At least he can ride back and forth from rehab in the new Mercedes he won during the QB challenge this year.

  26. lobstasandmobstas says:
    September 16, 2019 at 11:40 am
    This is really solid news… Brees is a good guy but make no mistake, he’s a stat guy through and through! Unlike Brady, Manning and Brees LOVE throwing the ball from 1st or 2nd and 1 from the 1 yard line. I watched Brady yesterday hand it off and then QB sneak it in…2 things he does weekly that Drew Brees would NEVER do.

    I’m glad he has all those stats…I’d prefer wins or rings. Think of it this way aints fans, in another decade Pat Mahomes will have ever stat record known to man and Brees will be a footnote like Dan Marino is now.
    ——————————————————————————

    He’s won 61% of his games as the Saints starter including a Superbowl, lol

  27. In a seriousness, the Saints will be fine. My team lost its QB and dang near ran the table with Case Keenum. Trust in Sean Peyton and the rest of your loaded roster knowing he’ll likely be back for a stretch run.

  28. Never liked the Saints, their conceited coach or their motor-mouth DE, but always liked and respected Brees, a class act through and through. I wish both him and Teddy all the best.

  29. If the Saints get lucky against Seattle or Dallas I hope it’s against Dallas because…Dallas. I do like how well Dak is playing at the moment though, he’s going to demand 40-45 million soon and I’m going to laugh at Jerry…again.

    Coming to Seattle might be a little too much for Teddy next week but you never know. That’s why they play the game.

  30. This is why preseason predictions are so silly in this sport especially. Now, the whole board is scrambled in both conferences with two major injuries. Like I said when Peter King did his predictions. the only thing I’m sure of is that Belichick will have the Patriots in the thick of it because he’s won without everybody including the quarterback.

  31. lobstasandmobstas says:
    September 16, 2019 at 11:40 am

    I’m glad he has all those stats…I’d prefer wins or rings. Think of it this way aints fans, in another decade Pat Mahomes will have ever stat record known to man and Brees will be a footnote like Dan Marino is now.
    —————————————————————–
    I’m sure you’ll see a different looking Chiefs team when they make Mahomes the highest paid QB in the NFL… and not in a good way.

  32. Cant stand the Saints and all there crying lately but I love and respect Drew Brees and wish him a successful surgery and to heal up soon!

    -Rams Fan

  33. While I would love to see Taysom Hill play, Teddy is getting a ton of money on a one year deal to back up Brees. Its audition time. If Teddy can cut it as the future starter, the Saints need to know that too.

  34. The only reason Bridgewater stayed was the tacit understanding that he was the guy if this happened.

    Starting Hill makes zero sense. He’s not ready and making him the full-time QB takes him out of the playbook as he is used now.

    Teddy looked fine yesterday in a tough spot and I expect he can guide them to 3-3 despite the schedule which is just fine in the South. The inefficiency you saw yesterday with him in the game was all up front. With a week to prepare, you will see more designed rollouts and QB draws in the gameplan to play to his strengths.

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