Reports: Saints’ Brees to start Sunday vs. Kansas City
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, multiple outlets reported Friday.
Brees missed the past four games while recovering from 11 broken ribs and a lung injury suffered Nov. 15 against the San Francisco 49ers. The Saints (10-3) were 3-1 behind Taysom Hill.
Jameis Winston is expected to back up Brees while Hill resumes his jack-of-all-trades role.
The Saints activated Brees off IR on Wednesday, opening a 21-day window for the team to return him to the active roster.
NFL Network reported Friday that Brees, 41, practiced with the first team this week without setbacks.
Earlier this week, Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters he would not rush Brees back to action.
“We haven’t ruled anything just because we don’t have to,” Payton said Wednesday. “He’s got a ways to go still, and he’s someone we’re not gonna just hurry back and just put him in the game. I think the significance of the injuries are such that you’ve gotta make sure he can function and feel confident.”
The Saints are vying with the Green Bay Packers for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Packers currently hold the top spot, and every game from here on out is crucial for New Orleans.
The Chiefs (12-1) could clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC in Week 15 with a win, a loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers and a loss or tie by the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills (10-3) are scheduled to play at the Denver Broncos (5-8) on Saturday. The Steelers travel to Cincinnati (2-10-1) for a Monday night game.
–Field Level Media