The Dallas Cowboys lost quarterback Tony Romo with a broken collarbone on Sunday, and the New Orleans Saints may have suffered a similar fate. Drew Brees suffered a shoulder injury at some point during the Saints’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and it has since been ruled as not too serious. Now, the team and the fans merely wonder how much time he will miss.
Sources: #Saints believe QB Drew Brees has a shoulder injury that will likely cause him to miss games, potentially several games.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2015
That report from Ian Rapoport came right after Saints’ head coach Sean Payton said it was “way too early” to determine if Brees would miss any serious time. An MRI needed to be performed to judge the severity of his shoulder injury as reported by Yahoo Sports.
Payton said they would “take a peek and see how he’s feeling, coming along and see where we’re at Wednesday.” That would typically be the first day of practice for most teams in the NFL for the next week’s game.
New Orleans faces off with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Not too much later in the afternoon on Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter found out the result of the MRI that Drew Brees had done. The Who Dat Nation, and the New Orleans Saints’ coaching staff, all breathed a sigh of relief.
MRI confirmed Drew Brees did not suffer serious shoulder injury Sunday, per @edwerderespn. Ability to play depends on response to treatment.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 21, 2015
According to ESPN, league sources have told Ed Werder that Brees’ injury to his shoulder is indeed not serious, but his availability for Sunday’s game with the Panthers is unclear. It all depends on how he responds to treatment and if he advances through the rest of the week.
Drew Brees did deal with some shoulder issues last season and he got beat up a bit by the Buccs yesterday. Despite that, he stayed in the game and never came out even though he seemed to be playing through a lot of pain.
If Brees can’t play, veteran Luke McCown would almost certainly start in his place. Rookie third-round draft pick Garrett Grayson is good, but many commentators say he simply isn’t NFL-ready to take over for the Saints.
Drew Brees’ injury marked the third quarterback to go down in week two of the current NFL season. Tony Romo is out for a while and Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears is out for at least two weeks. The New Orleans Saints have hope that they are only without Brees for a short period of time.
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