There was the possibility that New Orleans Saints quarterback had more than just the five fractured ribs initially thought - turns out Drew Brees has 6 more, bringing the grand total to 11.
In a conversation tonight with Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback said that doctors have been encouraged by his progress — specifically improvement in lung function and the continued dissipation of the pneumothorax suffered last week. They’ve also discovered 6 more rib fractures.— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) November 22, 2020
That being said, “improvement in lung function and the continued dissipation of the pneumothorax” is encouraging. Those are a lot of big words to say that Brees’s collapsed lung is improving, despite the discovery of additional fractured ribs.
The timetable is still unknown, but this is still positive news.
Still, it’s important to remember that Brees is required to miss at least the next three games after getting placed on injured reserve yesterday.
It’s the best news we could have hoped for at this time.
Drew Brees has indeed received a second opinion on his current injuries, and they confirmed the first opinion, meaning Brees indeed has five broken ribs and a collapsed lung. The good news here is that the second opinion did not identify any additional injuries which could result in even more time missed, so if there is any silver lining to be had here, this would be it.
UPDATE (Tuesday morning):
Another unfortunate update. It is now reported that Drew Brees is obtaining a second opinion to ascertain the full scope of his injuries. Per ESPN’s Ed Werner, it is possible Brees has more than the five reported rib fractures; the intent of the additional opinion is to see whether the Saints will place Brees on injured reserve. If so, the designation would result in Brees missing at least three games, looking at the December 13 game against the Philadelphia Eagles as his earliest game of return.
Source: #Saints QB Drew Brees is having his scans sent to other medical specialists for a second opinion to determine the full scope of his chest injuries. Tests performed yesterday revealed Brees has multiple fractured ribs on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung 1/2— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) November 17, 2020
UPDATE (Monday afternoon):
Drew Brees is reported to have five fractured ribs. He is expected to miss significant time.
More from @WerderEdESPN: Drew Brees is suffering from three fractured ribs on his left side and two on the right, possibly more. Doctors have cautioned Brees to be especially careful with the damage to his lung. https://t.co/6Ps1pPOfek— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2020
UPDATE (Monday afternoon):
We have another update following Drew Brees’s injury. It is now reported that his has fractured ribs on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung. We will provide a timetable for his return once that becomes more apparent.
Saints’ QB Drew Brees has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side, per @WerderEdESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2020
UPDATE (Monday morning):
We finally have an update on Drew Brees’s status this morning:
#Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a rib contusion in yesterday’s game, and he’ll have an MRI for cartilage damage today. But sources tell me and @TomPelissero that New Orleans is bracing for Brees to miss some time to fully heal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 16, 2020
Good news: it doesn’t sound like the rib(s) is/are broken. That would have been confirmed by a simple X-ray. The MRI will be necessary for cartilage assessment, obviously, so until then, we won’t know the severity of what Drew is dealing with.
We’ll continue to update as additional information becomes available or a timetable is released.
UPDATE (Sunday night):
It appears to indeed be an issue with injured ribs.
Drew Brees injured his ribs. He's questionable to return— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) November 15, 2020
Hopefully it is nothing serious and Brees is able to return next week against the division rival Atlanta Falcons. It’s pure speculation at this point, but a worst case scenario of broken ribs would likely be a 4-6 week absence.
Jameis Winston is in a quarterback. Brees pointing to his ribs on the sideline— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) November 15, 2020
Details are not known right now, but after successfully leading the Saints to a touchdown in a two-minute drill to end the first half, but Drew Brees is on the sideline with Jameis Winston in at quarterback to start the second half.
Of note, Drew had a shoulder injury the past two weeks that he’s been nursing and took a massive sack earlier in the first half. He could have a rib/core injury from the sack, or there could be something related to his shoulder from the sack.
We will update once additional details are known.