New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (thumb) hopes to return for his team’s Week 8 game vs. the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

NFL Network’s Steve Wyche shared the following:

Prior to beginning his Hall of Fame career at the professional level, Brees starred for the Purdue Boilermakers from 1997-2000. The B1G’s all-time leading passer with 11,792 yards, he was selected by the then-San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2001 draft.

Joining the Saints in 2006, Brees was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLIV in 2009, the franchise’s only championship.

Drew Brees hoping to return from injury on Sunday

Having thrown for the most yards in league history at 78,445, he originally suffered the thumb injury to his throwing hand in New Orleans’ Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Brees underwent surgery on September 18 and returned to practice on Wednesday.

In his absence, former Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has filled in admirably. Completing 132-195 passes for 1,370 yards and nine touchdowns, he has piloted the team to a 5-0 record since stepping into the starting role.

At 6-1, the Saints have a one-and-a-half game lead over the Carolina Panthers (4-2) in the NFC South. Arizona (3-3-1) is three games back of the San Francisco 49ers (6-0) in the NFC West.

Sunday’s action will kick at 1:00 PM ET and will be broadcast regionally on CBS.

Brees’ alma mater hosts Illinois (3-4) on Saturday at 12:00PM ET on BTN.