Saints QB Drew Brees to undergo thumb surgery, likely out six weeks
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is set to undergo thumb surgery and is expected to be out six weeks.
Saints' QB Drew Brees is expected to undergo thumb surgery as early as today that would be expected to sideline him approximately 6 weeks, per leagues sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2019
Brees suffered the thumb injury early in their Week 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams after he hit his hand on Aaron Donald. He left the game and did not return.
Teddy Bridgewater came in and played the remainder of the game, which the Saints lost, 27-9. Bridgewater finished 17 of 30 for 165 yards and had no touchdowns.
After the game, Brees said he was concerned that the injury was significant since he was having difficulty holding onto the football. As it turns out, he was right.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network had reported that Brees was likely going to miss time due to ligament damage, which will need surgery to repair.
Obviously, losing Brees is a huge blow to the Saints, who had plans of reaching the Super Bowl this season.
The Saints had one of the most formidable offenses in the entire league with Brees, wide receiver Michael Thomas, and running back Alvin Kamara leading the way. They also added veterans Latavius Murray and Jared Cook in the offseason to give Brees more weapons.
But with Brees out for the foreseeable future, it will be up to Bridgewater to keep the Saints afloat in the NFC playoff race.
The next six weeks will see the Saints take on the Seahawks, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Bears, and Cardinals and will have their bye in Week 9. Hopefully, Brees will be back for their Week 10 matchup against the Falcons.