Sources are reporting that drew Brees has a torn ligament in the thumb of his throwing hand which will require surgery.
#Saints QB Drew Brees has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and he’s going to require surgery, sources say. The timeframe depends on the surgery, but he’s likely out 6 weeks. That’s the initial estimate.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2019
The surgery is likely to take place today and is expected to sideline Brees for about 6 weeks. The Saints could place the star quarterback on IR however this would mean Drew is out for 8 weeks. I don’t expect this to happen.
If the Saints decide to put Drew Brees on IR for the thumb surgery that is required, he would be unable to practice for six weeks and would to miss eight games. Saints also could not place him on IR and bring him back when ready.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2019
While I’m saying it’s unlikely the schedule is as follows.
Placing Drew Brees on IR would prevent him returning earlier. Other QBs have come back sooner and expect Brees to do everything in his power to rehab diligently.
So for now Teddy Bridgewater is our starting quarterback. The Saints and Sean Payton will now have time to game plan and practice with Teddy as the number one.
Another question is how much this will limit the playbook. With Taysom Hill now the backup QB, Payton may have to limit his involvement on special teams and in the offense.