Drew Brees Out At Least Two Weeks, Second Opinion Reveals

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A second look meant more of the same for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He still has five broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Brees wanted a second opinion after the first one revealed that list of injuries on Monday. Now, he will be out no less than two weeks, according Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

It has yet to be determined if Brees will go on the injured list, which would require him to miss a minimum of three weeks.

Either way, the news isn’t good for Brees or the Saints. They are 7-2, and other than maybe the Green Bay Packers and sometimes the Seattle Seahawks, the Saints have looked like the team to beat in the NFC.

Brees obviously is a major reason for that.

The Saints much now march on with Jameis Winston, the former No. 1 overall draft pick who led the league in passing yards with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He also led the league with 30 interceptions, so there’s that.

But as is so often said in the world of pro sports, “At least give the guy a chance to fail.” The Saints and their fans have no other choice.

Rapoport reported that the Saints will also utilize reserve QB Taysom Hill from time to time with Winston.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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  1. Everyone keep sleeping on Winston lol.. Saints honestly got a high-ceiling guy for next to nothing. Say what you will but Winston is a first guy in/last guy out type of player when it comes to practice. Good chance he torches the Falcons this week.

  2. Drew Brees is officially an idiot.

    First the crap with “I stand for the National Anthem” and the crawfishing and BLM prostrating, which only made him look like a whiny little bee-atch 7th grade girl obsessed with Insta-gram likes instead of a leader of a professional football team.

    Now comes the “i need a second opinion” for my broken ribs and punctured lung.

    Really Drew? Did the radiologist who read your chest X-ray, and probably chest CT scan (since he reported had a small pneumothorax (“punctured lung”) just mis-read the fractures? This is not really subject to a whole lot of interpretation. You either have a fracture or you don’t. Most 1st year medical students (and for that matter, even lay persons) can spot fractures on a CT or CXR.

    If Drew wanted a second opinion about how soon he could return to play, that’s a slightly different issue, but it’s not one to bring up right now anyway. Perhaps in a few weeks if he is healing dramatically fast (unusual for a 41 yr old) and feels great.

    Otherwise, dude, you have broken ribs and they are going to take 4-6 weeks to heal and you MAY be able to throw a football in a few weeks without excruciating pain IF we go ahead and do an intercostal nerve block which, btw, resulted in another famous NFL player having a complication recently?

    It makes you recall the old vaudeville “doctor sketch” – Lady walks into the doctors office, and Doctor says Lady, you are having a heart attack. She demands a second opinion. Doctor says, “OK, you want a second opinion? You’re ugly too!”

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