Brees is expected to remain in the Los Angeles area to rehab and work for the next few days. The original time frame of a six-week absence remains in reach and the Saints have not placed him on injured reserve.
As previously reported, Brees has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb that required surgery. The initial six-week timeframe was contingent on the type of surgery he had.
The Saints will go with Teddy Bridgewater as their starting QB. As Ian Rapoport points out, Bridgewater is the highest-paid backup quarterback in the league as he chose to go to New Orleans over starting in Miami. Sean Payton has confidence Bridgewater can keep them for alive for as long as Brees is out.
Brees, 40, left the Saints’ Week 2 game against the Rams in the first quarter with the injury. Brees has spent his last 12 seasons in New Orleans and is entering the final year of a two-year, $50 million contract that includes $27 million guaranteed.