Report: Drew Brees has five fractured ribs, collapsed lung

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees‘ injury is reportedly more serious than first believed.

Brees has five fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

Brees actually broke three of the ribs a week ago against the Buccaneers, but that wasn’t diagnosed until he got X-rays for two more broken ribs yesterday against the 49ers.

It is unclear how much time Brees will miss, but it seems likely he’d need time to recuperate. Chargers Tyrod Taylor needed more than a month to be cleared to return from a punctured lung suffered this season, and Taylor’s injury took place when a team doctor accidentally pierced his lung with a painkilling injection, an injury that did not also include broken ribs.

With Brees out, the Saints will turn to Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill (or possibly both).

62 responses to “Report: Drew Brees has five fractured ribs, collapsed lung

  1. Drew Brees will always be know as a tough guy! He looked barley injured on sidelines against 49ers. Love him. Back for playoffs wish fresh arm.

  2. That’s terrible. It’s too bad for a classy guy and great QB like Drew Brees. It’s also too bad for the game of football cause now this off season they will make even more restrictive rules to hamstring defenses when it comes to hitting the QB.

  3. Does anyone else find this to be odd?

    “Brees actually broke three of the ribs a week ago against the Buccaneers, but that wasn’t diagnosed until he got X-rays for two more broken ribs yesterday”

  4. “NFL Media reports Brees suffered a “rib [not ribs] contusion”
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    From an earlier thread. Seems the NFL Media jumped the shark on this one.

  5. The broken ribs from the Bucs game weren’t diagnosed because Brees hadn’t attempted any passes longer than 5 yards.

  6. The Saints Medical team should be G O N E. This is incomprehensible.
    Breaux was right.

  7. I think Brees has played his last NFL game. I don’t see how he comes back this season or in post season. The offense should be fine with Kamara and there should not be a big drop off in QB play from Brees to Winston.

  8. If Winston plays well he could get a similarl deal to that of Bridgewater’s I imagine he will be the starter and hill to be highly involved in gadget type plays. New Orleans seems to be the place QBs get right. I imagine alot of that comes from sean Payton’s offense

  9. The medical staff needs to be fired today! Terrible news for the team, but Winston seemed pretty good yesterday.

  10. Brees is only 41 years old. No reason why he shouldn’t be able to suck it up and return to play this season. After all …he’s a “competitor” and a “warrior”.

  11. Hurts to even laugh or cough when you have broken ribs.
    That being said, all I’ve heard for years is how Taysom Hill is the golden boy and heir apparent. Splitting reps with Jameis Winston isn’t a good start.

  12. I have Lavonte David, Antoine Winfield and Jason Pierre Paul with Hits on Brees, and Shaq Barrett with a sack…which was it?

  13. Hopefully the Saints will make the playoffs and we’ll see more of Brees this year.

    Next man up and all, but they have some tough shoes to fill.

  14. The elderly have brittle bones, though I must say, the heroic Ben Rothlesburger would play though these injuries.

  15. Brady has to be happy that he will have the TD record again soon….

    Seriously though, sorry to hear this. Brees is a great player and the Saints won’t be the same

  16. I will never EVER wish good things for the Saints, but I can recognize Brees is a better person and a more worthwhile figure than his teammates. That is one heck of a gutsy effort (maybe a little nuts he played yesterday) but still…

  17. I am on record saying Taysom Hill is not an NFL starting QB. Let’s hope we find out if that’s true or not. Or else, enjoy those INT’s against Winston.

  18. Here’s hoping he does the smart thing and retires right now. He has nothing left to prove, he’s a first ballot Hall of famer, has more money than he’ll ever need and is adored by his fans.

    Walk away Drew, while you still can.

  19. Yeah, that bountygate scam was real. I remember Brees knocking Pierre Thomas out with a head shot. And Harris, those 5 yd throws got to 38-3. Maybe Jimmy G can learn.

  20. Eek! I saw his news conference and Brees looked very, very uncomfortable. For the love of God, don’t let the team doctors near him! (see T Taylor and T Brown) He should have his own doctors look after him.

  21. This reminds me of Andrew Luck and the Colts. Brees is a warrior but he’s not getting any younger. I pray he heals well.

  22. ben roethlisberger and his representatives leaks out similar injuries
    after any play were he gets pushed and/or rolls around like a soccer player.

  23. Sounds like a little more than a contusion. But seriously, wishing him a full and speedy recovery. Saints have a softer schedule coming up so hopefully they can stay in it.

  24. Jealous dome stats guy taunted Brady after the Tampa game…injured the next week, and will now permanently lose the TD record he was so desperately trying to protect…the lesson, as always is don’t taunt Brady, and don’t be a cheesy stats guy

  25. @ whineconniseur says:
    “Jealous dome stats guy taunted Brady after the Tampa game…injured the next week, and will now permanently lose the TD record he was so desperately trying to protect…the lesson, as always is don’t taunt Brady, and don’t be a cheesy stats guy”
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    100% incorrect.
    Opposite.
    zero taunting of Brady.
    also,

    Per Peter King, in his most recent “FMIA” column on this very site, the Saints refused to take a victory lap around Tampa Stadium, instead choosing to go right to the bus and the airport. The Saints could have scored 60 but chose to sit on the ball and run out the clock…not what one does when going for stats. By the way, Winning is a stat, which is what the Saints are doing over the last 3.5 seasons, they are 42-13.
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    @ brinkeguthrie:
    Street slammed Brees,
    Watch the video.
    Unnecessary Roughness was the correct call because it was unnecessary.

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