New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees may miss six weeks and will undergo surgery to repair the ligament in his thumb, NFL Network reported.
Teddy Bridgewater will step into the starting role this weekend at Seattle.
After having knocked from the team’s loss to the Rams in the first quarter with the harm night brees said on Sunday he saw a hand expert at Los Angeles.
“Yeah, I am concerned,” said Brees, who wore a brace on the thumb postgame. “I am hoping it’s not overly significant.”
Brees said he’d X-rays but in the time promised to not know if it was a cartilage or bone issue.
“I am hoping for the very best and only preparing for whatever the upcoming steps could be,” he said.
Brees hit his hand on Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald hand when following through on an incomplete pass to Jared Cook on third-and-8 midway through this quarter. He was found struggling to pick up a ball, and then needed the thumb recorded.
“Right off when he attempted to throw, he also still was having trouble with it. It wasn’t anything fancy,” coach Sean Payton said in his postgame press conference.
“We’ll provide you an upgrade when the time comes right.”
Bridgewater entered with 3:29 remaining in the first quarter. He moved 17 of 30 for 165 yards as the Saints lost 27-9.
Brees opened the game 3 of 5 before leaving.
He came out of the locker room after halftime with the tape off of his hand and having a helmet , but didn’t enter and then was re-taped.
Even the 40-year-old has missed just one game since joining the Saints in 2006, that arrived due to a shoulder issue in 2015 because of injury.
He has missed two additional contests of a possible 210 using the Saints, both while resting using the team’s playoff place protected.
The league’s all-time top passer needs 155 yards to be the first in NFL history to pass for 75,000 metres.
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