Saints’ Drew Brees To Miss At Least 2 Games

The Saints will be without Drew Brees for at least a little while longer. The latest round of tests on the quarterback more or less matched the previous one, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). With cracked ribs on both sides and a punctured lung, Brees will be out for the next two weeks at the minimum. After that, the Saints’ medical staff will closely monitor Brees’ condition to assess whether he can return to the field.

With Brees sidelined, Jameis Winston is expected to start for the Saints with his first assignment coming on Sunday against the Falcons.Winston filled in for Brees after his early exit against the 49ers, completing six of ten passes for 63 yards in the second half. This is a massive opportunity for Winston to reassert himself before free agency, even if his starting gig only lasts for a couple of weeks. The former first overall pick signed a one-year deal with the Saints back in April. Meanwhile, Brees is looking ahead to his broadcasting future, which means that Winston could be auditioning for the long-term position.

Given Brees’ impressive track record of playing through the pain — and the presence of Taysom Hill — many questioned the wisdom of Winston’s offseason decision. Now, he’ll have an opportunity to show what he can do at the helm of one of the NFL’s best teams.

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10 comments on “Saints’ Drew Brees To Miss At Least 2 Games

  1. sigmanj

    How much can be expected from Hill from a fantasy perspective? He is TE eligible on ESPN…if he got, say 20% of the QB/offensive snaps he should outperform everyone this side of Kelce.

    • During the five games Brees missed last year, Hill threw one pass, so I don’t think Brees’ current injury will affect Hill’s numbers in any meaningful way. They do seem to be giving him more carries recently, though.

  2. They can sit Brees for four weeks if they want to. They’re playing the Falcons twice, the Broncos, and the Eagles the next four weeks. They could win three of those even with Alvin Kamara at QB.

    • Considering Hill is not a QB and Winston is way, way better, I would bet that Winston is not going to be benched for Hill.

      Hill has 18 pass attempts in his entire career. Winston averaged 18 attempts *per half* last year. The Saints would be severely limited with Hill under center.

      Check out his college stats. Hill is *not* a good QB.

      • Oooof

        I think this is the correct answer. Hill’s only even played 29 passing SNAPS in the NFL. They may love Hill as a hybrid weapon, but they need someone to actually play QB and run the offense, and I think if you try to make Hill a full-time QB, it’s going to be too frustrating–yes, even compared to Winston.

  3. James

    Don’t sleep on the Falcons they been playing them everytime they come over there bye and they are 3-0 versus them when they play them first off a bye like last year when they sacked Brees 5 times. And Winston has a horrible record vs the Falcons

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