Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is honored at halftime of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees denies being struck by lightning

PointsBet USA said Friday it was monitoring reports that retired NFL great Drew Brees was struck by lightning in South American while filming a commercial for the sportsbook.

“We are aware of the media coverage regarding PointsBet brand ambassador Drew Brees,” PointsBet USA posted to its official Twitter account. “We are in communication with Brees’ team and will continue to monitor events throughout the coming hours. At this stage we will not be making any further comment.”

ESPN’s Saints team reported said Friday she exchanged text messages with Brees and there was no truth to the report.

“He said he’s good and that he did not get struck by lightning,” she wrote, as rumors began to spread on social media that the story was concocted to advertise PointsBet’s “lightning bets” feature.

Grainy video was posted to Twitter overnight that was shot in the dark, reportedly in Venezuela. It showed a film crew, with Brees on a television monitor, scurrying about in the brief video, with thunder heard in the background and lightning in the area. After a loud clap of thunder, the video went dark.

Brees tweeted on Tuesday that he was heading to “a top-secret location later this week” to shoot a new promotional video for PointsBet USA. He signed with the sportsbook in July 2021.

Brees, 43, retired following the 2020 season — his 20th in the NFL. He threw for 80,358 yards and 571 touchdowns — second only to Tom Brady in both categories — for the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. A 13-time Pro Bowl selection, he led the Saints to a win in Super Bowl XLIV.

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Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is honored at halftime of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees won’t pursue broadcast gig to spend time with family

Drew Brees said he’s staying on the broadcast sidelines this NFL season for four reasons: his kids.

The former New Orleans Saints quarterback and future Pro Football Hall of Fame member spent the 2021 season with NBC, but it was announced earlier this offseason that he wouldn’t return for a second season. And despite speculation he’d wind up with another network, he told The Spun that he’s not taking another job now.

“The reason I didn’t do it this year, from a broadcasting perspective, is my family,” Brees said. “You have to be gone for the weekends, and that’s what I basically did as a player. These are such valuable moments for my kids. I want to be as active and involved in their weekend activities. That doesn’t quite mesh right now with a broadcasting career.”

Brees and his wife, Brittany, have three sons and a daughter.

He told the outlet, however, that he is open to a future career in broadcasting or pursuing a different second act.

“I’ve got so many opportunities and things I’m considering right now. Staying involved with the game of football is one of my priorities, whether it’d be broadcasting or some other capacity,” said Brees, 43.

Brees retired after the 2020 season following 20 NFL campaigns and one Super Bowl championship. He threw for 80,358 career yards and 571 touchdowns — second only to Tom Brady in both categories.

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Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is honored at halftime of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints: No talks with Drew Brees about possible return

New Orleans Saints coach Dennis Allen said Monday that the team has not had any discussions with retired quarterback Drew Brees about a comeback.

Brees ignited speculation Sunday night with a tweet suggesting he “may play football again,” among other ventures. The tweet came in the aftermath of a New York Post report that Brees is out at NBC Sports as an analyst after just one year.

“I think it was a comment made in jest, and we certainly haven’t had any conversations in that regard,” Allen said Monday at the Saints’ Hall of Fame golf tournament.

Brees, 43, retired from football in March 2021 and subsequently became a studio and game analyst for NBC. Brees’ exit from NBC was a mutual decision, according to the Post.

Jameis Winston, recovering from an ACL injury, is expected to be the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2022 with veteran Andy Dalton backing up.

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Oct 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady becomes NFL’s all-time passing leader

Tom Brady became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards during his return to New England to play the Patriots on Sunday night.

Brady completed a 28-yard pass to Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Mike Evans with just over six minutes left in the first quarter to pass Drew Brees (80,358) by one yard.

Brady entered the contest with 80,291 yards, needing 68 to pass Brees. He is in his second season with the Buccaneers after spending 20 years with New England.

Brees was in Foxborough as part of his pregame and halftime analyst duties for NBC, which is broadcasting the game.

Brees played 20 seasons with the San Diego Chargers (2001-05) and New Orleans Saints (2006-2020). He won a Super Bowl with the Saints in the 2009 season and made 12 of his 13 Pro Bowl appearances with New Orleans.

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Aug 17, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) poses with his wife Brittany Brees and sons Callen Brees and Bowen Brees and Baylen Brees and daughter Rylen Brees prior to a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees’ wife reveals more injuries overcome by Saints QB

Whether or not Drew Brees retires after two decades in the NFL or returns for at least one more season, his wife shed more light on what a physical challenge the 2020 season was for the veteran quarterback.

In a social media post on her private Instagram page, Brittany Brees paid tribute Wednesday morning to her husband’s challenging season — calling it “the hardest year of our lives” — by also revealing that the New Orleans Saints star battled through foot and shoulder injuries during the season, according to a NOLA.com report.

The injuries referenced by Brees’ wife were unknown publicly on top of the 11 fractured ribs and punctured lung that caused the 13-time Pro Bowl selection to miss four games in November and early December.

“The fact that you played this entire year with a torn rotator cuff, torn fascia in your foot, … then later 11 broken ribs and a collapsed lung,” Brittany Brees said in her post, per the report, “makes me think I should not have taken the epidural while giving birth to our kids.”

She termed the season “the hardest year of our lives, yet in some ways one of the best” in praising her husband’s determination in forging on in an effort to win his second Super Bowl, an effort that fell short.

The Saints’ 20-year veteran, who turned 42 last week, may have played his last NFL game in last Sunday’s 30-20 NFC Divisional Round loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, helmed by 43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady. Brees struggled in the hard-fought defeat, throwing for a playoff career-high three interceptions and just 134 passing yards.

After the game, Brees was seen giving a quick look back at the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before heading into the tunnel, and into possible retirement. Fox Sports reported on its pregame show that this indeed would be Brees’ final campaign.

“I’ll answer this question one time, and that is I’m going to give myself an opportunity to think about the season, think about a lot of things, just like I did last year, and make the decision,” Brees said after the loss.

Brees missed four games while recovering from the ribs and lung injuries suffered Nov. 15 against the San Francisco 49ers. The Saints went 3-1 behind backup Taysom Hill.

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Nov 15, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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Nov 22, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees prior to kickoff against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Brees (ribs) returns to practice

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees returned to practice Wednesday after he fractured 11 ribs that earned him a stint on injured reserve.

The Saints activated Brees off IR on Wednesday, opening a 21-day window for the team to return him to the active roster.

Brees has missed the past four games while recovering from the ribs and lung injuries suffered Nov. 15 against the San Francisco 49ers. The Saints (10-3) have gone 3-1 behind Taysom Hill.

Though practice reportedly went well and Brees wants to return for Sunday’s mega-matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs (12-1), Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters he will 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.”

That includes throwing without limitations and with a complete range of motion.

Hill has thrown for 834 yards in the four games in place of Brees and has eight touchdowns (four passing, four rushing). But he’s fumbled six times — losing three — and taken 13 sacks in those four games.

Hill’s lone loss last week to the Philadelphia Eagles gave the Green Bay Packers the No. 1 seed in the NFC, based on a win over the Saints in Week 3.

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Nov 15, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Brees has 11 fractured ribs

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has 11 fractured ribs, ESPN reported Saturday night.

The Saints officially placed Brees on injured reserve Friday with the injuries, including a collapsed lung. Brees sustained the injuries over the course of two weeks but he left last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at halftime and didn’t return.

ESPN reported that Brees has had additional tests done this week that revealed the 11 affected ribs (eight on the left side, three on the right), up from the original testing earlier in the week that revealed five fractured ribs.

Brees has to miss at least three games.

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Nov 15, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Saints place Brees on IR (ribs)

The first-place New Orleans Saints are going to have to try to get by without quarterback Drew Brees for at least three weeks.

The Saints (7-2) officially placed Brees on injured reserve Friday with a rib injury. Brees sustained broken ribs, according to multiple reports, and a collapsed lung, according to ESPN, over the course of a couple weeks. He did not play in the second half of the Saints’ 27-13 home win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday.

Brees was on the Saints’ injury report on Wednesday and Thursday and did not practice.

Brees’ first missed game will be this Sunday at home against the Atlanta Falcons. He will also miss the Saints’ games on Nov. 29 at the Denver Broncos and Dec. 6 at the Falcons.

Jameis Winston replaced Brees against the 49ers, but multiple reports say that Taysom Hill will get the start against Atlanta after Hill got all the first-team reps in practice this week. Hill has served the Saints over the past four seasons as a read-option QB/RB/WR/TE/FB/special-teams specialist. But he has not thrown a touchdown pass since 2016 when he was still in college at BYU.

The Saints are a half game ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) in the NFC South division.

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Nov 15, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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