Drew Brees Will Undergo Surgery and Miss Significant Time

Thumb surgery could keep Brees on the sideline for six weeks or more

Injuries Loom Large for Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers congratulates Drew Brees. (Gregory Shamus/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / September 16, 2019 11:06 am

In a development which will surely shift the balance of power in the NFC, Drew Brees will undergo thumb surgery and is expected to be out for approximately six weeks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Should the Saints make the decision to place their longtime quarterback on short-term IR, he would be unable to practice for six weeks and would miss eight games thanks to the designation.

The 1-1 Saints will play in Seattle on Sunday against the undefeated Seahawks, never an easy matchup. Following that matchup, they’ll host the Cowboys and then the Buccaneers before traveling to play the Jaguars and then the Bears. They then host the Cardinals, have their bye week and then host the Falcons.

Teddy Bridgewater, who took over for 40-year-old Brees after he got hurt yesterday, will start for Brees as long as he was out. Bridgewater had a lot of trouble against the Rams’ strong defense Sunday in a 27-9 loss after being forced into action on Sunday.

Though New Orleans is not dead in the water with Bridgewater under center, the Saints are certainly not Super Bowl contenders without Brees and will have trouble securing a No. 1 or No. 2 seed which would give them home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who also lost yesterday and are now sitting at 0-2, face a similar issue in the AFC.

During Pittsburgh’s 28-26 loss to the Seahawks, Ben Roethlisberger sustained an elbow injury and was forced to the sideline. Backup Mason Rudolph threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns in his stead, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Pittsburgh from falling at home to the visiting ‘Hawks.

Nothing has been determined about the 37-year-old’s status going forward, but it does sound like surgery (and an extended absence) is on the table.

Should that happen, the Steelers, who missed the playoffs last season, will almost certainly fall out of contention in the AFC playoff race.

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