Sean Payton: Currently no time frame on Drew Brees’ return

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While Drew Brees has been out with five cracked ribs and a collapsed lung, the Saints have continued to look like the NFC’s best team. They’re now 10-2 and have clinched a playoff berth following a 21-16 victory over the division-rival Falcons, moving to 3-0 with Taysom Hill at quarterback.

Brees initially said he’d be back in “no time” in mid-November. But now that Brees is eligible to come off injured reserve after sitting out three weeks, head coach Sean Payton didn’t sound like a man anticipating his quarterback would be on the field in the near future.

“I honestly wouldn’t be able to give you a time frame,” Payton said, via Katherine Terrell of “He’s like a handful of the other guys that are down there working their tails off to get back healthy, 100 percent, and we’ll kind of see when that is.”

The Saints have reconfigured their offense to best suit Hill with Brees on the mend. In three starts, Hill has completed 71 percent of his passes for 543 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He’s also taken 34 carries for 176 yards with four rushing touchdowns.

Illustrating the difference, Brees has rushed for 185 yards in the last eight seasons combined.

Brees has passed for 2,196 yards with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2020.

7 responses to “Sean Payton: Currently no time frame on Drew Brees’ return

  1. Saints will win the division with another win … Brees will be back in the first playoff game. No reason to risk bringing him back.

  2. Sean Payton doesn’t discuss injury status of his players as a matter of record. He has a time frame for when Brees will be back, but he’s not going to announce it to the media because he thinks that gives his next opponent more to consider and plan for during the week. Now the Eagles may have to plan for seeing either Hill or Brees at QB, two quite different scenarios.

  3. Hope he can be back in time to play in at least 1 non-essential game before being in a loss ends season situation.

  4. As much as I’d like to see the Saints win out, I see them dropping one game, prior to post season. Most likely, it’s the Chiefs, especially if they are starting their third cornerback. Janoris Jenkins is a very important part of the Saints defense. His availability over the next few games can’t be overlooked. The Packers have Detroit, Carolina, Tennessee, and Chicago left on the schedule. If Packers lose to Titans and Saints only fall to the Chiefs, the Saints will secure the bye. Winning there division appears to be in the cards for the Saints but coming down the final stretch of a two horse race with GB for the one and only bye week is not what the Saints want bc it’s the only tiebreaker they can’t ascend to the top seed. The last scenario the Saints need is playing a conference championship in GB in January, but for now, if they keep winning, they control their own destiny!

  5. We went easy on drew’s recovery last time and he came into the playoffs rusty. I say we push him back now and make him prove he can still sling the rock 40 times.

  6. Drew tried to “push” himself and ended up with more fractures and a messed up lung. It’s probably his last season, let’s not screw him over.

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