Saints quarterback Drew Brees had surgery today on his thumb the team announced, this after suffering an injury during the Saints 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams Sunday in Los Angeles.
Brees’ thumb was hit by Rams defensive end Aaron Donald while attempting a pass. Teddy Bridgewater took Brees’ place and will be the team’s starter moving forward.
Payton said Brees will have surgery on his thumb today.
No set timetable on his return
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NFL.com reports that Brees will NOT be placed on injured reserve, meaning that he will take up a roster spot, but with that he will be able to return any time once he’s healthy.
Coach Sean Payton said that Brees will avoid going on injured reserve for now, per NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz, and the team will evaluate on a week-to-week basis.
As NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported, the initial timeframe on Brees’ recovery is around six to eight weeks, but the Saints will have a better idea how long the quarterback will be out after surgery.
Keeping Brees off IR allows him to potentially return before the mandatory eight weeks required by injured reserve.