New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is searching for one more Super Bowl victory before retirement. If it happens, though, it will have to come after the quarterback recovers from surgery.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Brees needs an operation to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He is expected to miss at least six weeks.
#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
Brees suffered the injury during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon when his throwing hand struck Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s hand. Donald was attempting to deflect the pass and instead nailed Brees’ thumb.
The play happened on third down, so Brees naturally left the field after he threw an incomplete pass on the play. The training staff wrapped his thumb, and he seemed to be throwing a little on the sidelines, testing it, but he didn’t return to the game.
Instead, backup Teddy Bridgewater replaced Brees. The Saints went on to lose their NFC Championship rematch, 27-9.
Brees threw for nearly 11,800 passing yards and 90 touchdowns with 45 interceptions while completing 61.1 percent of his passes during his college career at Purdue. He played for the Boilermakers from 1997-2000.
Brees turns 41 in January, so obviously, his time in the NFL is winding down.