An MRI revealed that Saints quarterback Drew Brees is dealing with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, according to Ed Werder of ESPN (Twitter link). It’s the same injury suffered by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and coincidentally, Werder reports that Brees is waiting for the opinion of Dr. Robert Anderson, the same physician who treated Manning.
The injury occurred during the first half of last night’s contest between New Orleans and Detroit; Brees was noticeably limping and flexing his right leg/foot for much of the night. The tear is in Brees’ plant foot, meaning throwing the ball could be quite difficult and/or painful for the remainder of the year, but sources tell Werder (Twitter link) that Brees hopes to play in season’s remaining two games.
The Saints are out of playoff contention, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for the club to shut down its star quarterback now instead of allowing him to continue playing. Veteran Matt Flynn would likely start in his absence, but the team could also turn to 2015 draft pick Garrett Grayson, who was inactive last night.