Most teams in the midst of a five-game winning streak wouldn’t dare make a change at quarterback. Then again, most teams wouldn’t win five games in a row without the NFL’s all-time leading passer.
Long story short, it’s a good problem to have for the New Orleans Saints.
That being a healthy Drew Brees, who is now trending towards a week eight return against the Arizona Cardinals after taking part in some light practice drills on Wednesday.
Brees has been sidelined for the last five weeks with an injury to his right thumb and is still wearing a protective brace on his throwing hand.
Since his week two departure against the Los Angeles Rams, the Saints have been red hot with Teddy Bridgewater under center, cruising to those five consecutive wins.
As a result, the Saints are pacing the NFC South with an overall record of 6-1, but despite that comfortable lead and the team’s week nine bye, Brees says he’s ready to cut loose even if he’s not 100 percent. “I’ll tell Sean if I’m ready and he’ll believe me. It’s not fully healed until I think three months, and so that internal brace obviously provides some stability and support, as does the splint. So I think it’s just that balance of do I need both? Can I get away without the splint? So those decisions will be made as we go along here. I’ve been trying to get back as quickly as I can. I understand that this takes time as far as the healing process and that kind of thing. I’ve been living in the training room for the last four weeks unfortunately. But just to be back at practice, getting back into the swing of things has been really good.”
The Saints and Cardinals will kick things off at noon Sunday from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.