Brees sustained the injury in the second quarter of New Orleans’ Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He remained in the game despite the injury, and finished 24 of 38 with 255 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the 26–19 loss.
A report by ESPN's Ed Werder, however, said Brees' MRI on Monday indicated that the injury was not as severe as originally anticipated, and that his return time will be based on his shoulder's response to treatment.
Saints head coach Sean Payton is unsure about how much time Brees could miss.
“Well, I think it’s early right now,” Payton told reporters Monday. “Today’s the day after, and we’ll take a peek and see how he’s feeling, coming along and see where we’re at Wednesday. Certainly we’ll do the best thing for him and for where he’s at. But I think it’s early to say that.”
Payton elaborated later Monday.
Payton added that they will have a better idea on Brees' status this Wednesday— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 21, 2015
In 10 seasons since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2006, the 36-year-old Brees has never missed a regular season game because of an injury.
The Saints are 0–2 so far this season, and will travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers (2–0) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
- Kayla Lombardo