Leading up to Sunday’s rematch between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, all the focus was on the Black and Gold and whether or not they could exact their revenge from last year’s NFC championship game no-call.
But following what turned out to be a 27-9 loss, that pre-game narrative now feels inconsequential.
According to the NFL Network, Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, putting him on the shelf for up to six weeks.
The NFL’s all-time leading passer sustained the injury during the first quarter of yesterday’s game on a play where his throwing hand hit the hand of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Brees spent the remainder of the game with his thumb taped up on the sideline and will now be forced to miss his first start since week three of the 2015 season, the only one he’s ever missed throughout the duration of his illustrious 19-year career and even college. “It’s very difficult. It’s very difficult not to be playing. I’m not used to that, don’t want to get used to that. You’re hitting your hands on stuff all the time, right? Helmets and different things and you might get jammed thumbs, jammed fingers. Different things where it swells up and what have you. But this felt like it was something a bit more significant, preventing me from gripping the ball,” said Brees.
Per the initial report, the 40-year-old Brees is still deciding who will perform the surgery and when.
In the meantime, it will be up to the league’s highest-paid backup QB in Teddy Bridgewater to carry the load fresh off his one year $7.25 million deal during the off-season.
Bridgewater already got his feet wet on Sunday, going 17-30 in place of Brees for 165 yards.
It was just the third time since Head Coach Sean Payton arrived in 2006 that his team failed to score a touchdown, but he says that has less to do with the man under the center and more to do with the ugly truth on film. “Teddy came in ready to go. The guys around him, particularly the penalties that we faced all of a sudden – 1st & 20 – I thought he was ready to play. And look, he’s a pro. He knows how to win. He knows how to win in this league. So I don’t think we played particularly well around him. And I think when we watch that tape tomorrow, it’s not going to be pleasant for some guys.”
Bridgewater said, “Drew always tells me just take completions. Completions are good. So when you’re going into a game in a situation like that, you’re just trying to get in rhythm and just play fast and not think too much.”
The Saints continue their West Coast road trip in week three against the Seattle Seahawks.