If the 2019 season taught us anything about the New Orleans Saints, it’s that they’re no longer entirely dependent on Drew Brees to win games.
The Saints won five straight without him last year and now they might have to do the same thing this year.
According to ESPN, Brees has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side, suffered over the course of the last two weeks, but the big blow was a first half sack against the 49ers.
It’s still unclear how much time he could miss, but optimistic reports have him back as soon as two-to-three weeks.
Brees actually stayed in the game for a while, leading his team to a pair of scoring drives, but ultimately checked himself out, coming out of halftime.
Jameis Winston replaced Brees under center in the second half, leading the Saints to a 27-13 victory now marking their fourth straight season with a winning streak of at least six games. Head Coach Sean Payton said, “He stayed on the sideline, but he looked strong enough about letting me know and I know when he does that, which is kind of probably going to be the first time in 15 years that it was significant enough where he felt like he couldn’t function in the second half.”
Brees said, “I was not going to be able to be effective. It had nothing to do with pain, it was simply just what my body was going to be able to do or not be able to do.”
Winston said, “Well every day, I’m just trying to get better and better. My main job is to serve my teammates, and help put us in a position to win a football game. And again, we all fight in this thing together, so I’m happy that we had a great team win.”
Southern Miss alum Nick Mullens led the 49ers to an early 10-nothing lead before Alvin Kamara and his three touchdowns stole the show.