BREES INJURY UPDATE (9:00 PM CST, 11/21/2020)
After a week of CAT scans, MRIs, and daily doctor visits, Brees has been diagnosed with 11 broken/fractured ribs, 8 on his right side, and 3 on his right per ESPN's Ed Werder.
The New Orleans Saints announced Friday the team placed veteran quarterback Drew Brees on injured reserve. Brees suffered five broken ribs and a punctured lung following Sunday's win against the San Francisco 49ers. With the move to IR, the 41-year old quarterback will miss a minimum of three weeks (vs. Atlanta, AT Denver, AT Atlanta).
The Brees injury caused him to miss the entire second half of the 49ers game following a hard hit by defensive end Kentavius Street. Street was penalized for roughing the passer. Brees managed to finish the drive by throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to running back Alvin Kamara and later kneeling out the clock to end the first half.
On Monday, Brees underwent an MRI and X-Rays of his midsection, revealing five fractured ribs, some believed to be a result of New Orleans' Week 9 matchup with Tampa Bay, a punctured lung. Upon the first diagnosis, the Saints and Brees sent the scans for a second opinion, which confirmed the injury.
The Saints veteran quarterback went to Instagram earlier this week with a message to the Who Dat Nation. Brees posted a picture of him and his children, who were acting like doctors, with the caption "I've got the best medical team in the world... I'll be back in no time."
New Orleans will be without their unquestioned leader for multiple weeks for the second consecutive season. Last year in Brees' absence, the Saints went 5-0, led by QB Teddy Bridgewater. This season the Saints will be led by Taysom Hill, who reportedly will earn his first NFL start against the Falcons this weekend.
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