Reports: Second opinion confirms Brees’ injuries
Further testing has confirmed that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees suffered a collapsed lung and fractured ribs, according to reports.
The 41-year-old quarterback was injured in the Saints’ 27-13 victory Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers.
The hit that eventually drove Brees from the game took place midway through the second quarter. He stayed in to finish the half, helping lead the team to a pair of scores, but was replaced at halftime by backup quarterback Jameis Winston.
The second opinion confirmed that Brees suffered a total of five fractured ribs, breaking two ribs on his right side and three on his left. Doctors believe that the rib fractures caused his lung to be punctured, according to ESPN and NFL Network.
No time frame has been determined for Brees to be able to get back on the playing field for the 7-2 Saints, who have won six in a row and are currently the No. 1 seed in the NFC with seven games left to play.
This season in nine games Brees has thrown for 2,196 yards with 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions with a quarterback rating of 110.0.
Saints head coach Sean Payton has yet to announce who the starting quarterback will be this Sunday when they host NFC South rival Atlanta (3-6).
“No update,” Payton said.
Winston played most of the second half against the 49ers, but the team could also turn to fellow backup quarterback Taysom Hill, who has yet to throw a pass in a regular season game this year, and also lines up at running back and wide receiver.
“Both of these young guys have progressed and have advanced, understanding what we’re doing, and there’s a confidence level we have in both players,” Payton said Wednesday morning. “They’re different-type players. But I think it’s a strong room, and we’re gonna lean heavily on a few of these other guys right now.”
Hill has 34 carries for 186 yards and a score to go with six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in nine games.
Brees has been one of the most durable quarterbacks in the NFL during his 20-year career, missing just six games due to injury, including five in 2019 due to a torn thumb ligament.
–Field Level Media