Drew Brees stated he does not know if he’ll be capable to play in Week 11 after he was sidelined by an harm to his ribs at halftime of the New Orleans Saints’ 27-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Coach Sean Payton stated Brees may have an MRI and X-rays to find out the extent of the harm.
“I am simply taking it sooner or later at a time. I’ve accomplished that this whole season. And I will proceed to do this. I am undecided what tomorrow holds,” stated a somber Brees, who additionally has been preventing by means of an harm to his proper throwing shoulder in latest weeks. “However you may know I am gonna do every little thing I can to be as efficient as I presumably can come subsequent week.
“I imply, nothing’s a long-term factor. It is only a matter of how lengthy it is gonna be. And actually, I actually do not know. It is not one thing, fairly to this extent, that I’ve skilled.”
Brees, 41, performed the ultimate eight minutes of the primary half after absorbing an enormous hit by defensive deal with Kentavius Street. He led the Saints (7-2) to 2 touchdowns as they rallied from a 10-Zero deficit for his or her sixth consecutive victory.
However Brees stated he felt worse after the halftime break, so Jameis Winston performed many of the second half in his place.
Winston accomplished 6 of 10 passes for 63 yards with no touchdowns and no turnovers. Fellow backup Taysom Hill additionally performed one collection at QB, operating the ball 4 instances for 36 yards with a misplaced fumble. The Saints’ protection and particular groups did many of the heavy lifting, with defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and Patrick Robinson every intercepting passes and undrafted rookie receiver Marquez Callaway recovering two fumbled punt returns.
The Saints haven’t specified who would substitute Brees if he cannot begin subsequent Sunday’s house date with the Atlanta Falcons — although Winston would look like the main candidate primarily based on his position with the group and the way in which the Saints used Teddy Bridgewater forward of Hill in an identical scenario final 12 months.
Brees described the rib harm as “a cumulative factor, in all probability not only one.” It wasn’t clear if that meant he aggravated a preexisting rib harm. Nevertheless it was clear that Brees was experiencing discomfort after the hit by Avenue, which resulted in a questionable personal-foul penalty.
Hill took the subsequent two snaps at quarterback after that play. Brees lined up at receiver on the primary play, then went to the sideline for one play to throw the ball and attempt to get free.
Brees reentered the sport to pitch the ball to operating again Alvin Kamara for a 2-yard landing. Then, he performed the subsequent collection, finishing 5 passes throughout a two-minute drill landing drive.
Brees stated he “really felt horrible” earlier than that final drive, however he stiffened up much more throughout halftime.
“So after I got here out within the second half and began throwing the ball, it turned actually obvious that I wasn’t gonna be efficient,” Brees stated. “I am unable to actually describe it apart from it was stopping me from doing my job.
“I used to be not gonna be capable to be efficient. It had nothing to do with ache. It was undoubtedly simply what my physique was gonna be capable to do or not be capable to do.”
Brees has missed solely six video games due to harm in his 20-year NFL profession — 5 of them in 2019 due to a torn thumb ligament. The Saints went 5-Zero in that span with Bridgewater at QB.
“As he got here out within the second half, he felt it was actually impacting him,” Payton stated. “His again felt sore as he tried to throw. He simply got here as much as me and stated, ‘Hey, I do not really feel I am able to taking part in.’ And so shortly we made the swap, and that occurs typically.
“He felt sturdy sufficient about letting me know. And I do know when he does that — which might be gonna be the primary time in 15 years that it was important sufficient that he felt like he could not operate within the second half.”
Winston, who was showing in simply his second sport of the season, confirmed some rust, practically throwing one interception and lacking on a few throws within the pink zone. However he did lead New Orleans on subject objective and landing drives — establishing the latter with a 3-yard run to the 1-yard line.
“I used to be very snug,” stated Winston, a former No. 1 general draft decide who spent his first 5 NFL seasons as a starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I used to be excited that I had a wonderful alternative. And I simply knew that my important job was to go in there and do what Drew would do — simply shield the soccer and attempt to lead us down there and rating.
“I attempt to give all people my all. I attempt to be proper there with Drew alongside the way in which, watching movie with him, making ready with him. So I felt like I went on the market and I used to be ready to guide this group. And I am completely satisfied that my teammates had my again they usually went on the market and executed nicely and issues went our means.”
Payton and Brees each complimented Winston for the way in which he dealt with himself whereas leaping into the sport midstream.
“Pay attention, I am pleased with him,” Payton stated. “He led us to an essential scoring drive, led us to a different subject objective drive. The one factor I might say with Jameis, too, is he is extraordinarily vibrant. So functioning and understanding what we’re doing, he picks it up shortly.”
Kamara scored all three of the Saints’ touchdowns Sunday, persevering with to make his case for NFL Offensive Participant of the Yr, if not an MVP candidate.
The Saints suffered a lot of accidents.
Cornerback Marshon Lattimore left early with an indirect harm, although he additionally remained dressed on the sideline. Receiver Tre’Quan Smith and tight finish Josh Hill had been dominated out with concussions. Defensive deal with Malcom Brown left early with a calf harm. Security C.J. Gardner-Johnson left the sphere late within the sport with an unspecified harm, although he stated he was positive afterward. And offensive linemen Terron Armstead and Andrus Peat each briefly left the sphere with accidents earlier than returning.