Saints QB Drew Brees Has Torn Ligament In Throwing Thumb; Lengthy Absence Ahead

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Saints QB Drew Brees has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and he’s going to require surgery, per Ian Rapoport.

The initial estimate is that he’ll miss six weeks but it depends on the surgery he decides to have. Rapoport adds Brees’ next decision is who will be doing the surgery and what procedure to undergo, which could alter his return date.

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.

The good news for Brees is the injury is not season-ending.

Brees, 40, left the Saints’ Week 2 game against the Rams in the first quarter and did not return. He was seen on the sideline attempting to grip a ball but unable to do so. The thumb was wrapped and he was replaced by Bridgewater.

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.