The New Orleans Saints, coming off of a loss against NFC South opponent Tampa Bay Buccaneers, may be without their long time starting quarterback Drew Brees for Sunday’s contest against another NFC South opponent, the Carolina Panthers.
Drew Brees went on a visit to Dr. James Andrews, well known orthopedic surgeon, where he underwent an MRI to examine his shoulder. Luckily for Drew Brees and the Saints, the MRI revealed no structural damage to the shoulder, but tests did confirm that Brees had suffered a bruised rotator cuff.
There are questions as to whether or not Brees will be able to start this Sunday against the Panthers, but if Brees does manage to get the start, his shoulder will almost certainly be a little weak, as the injury is to the rotator cuff of his throwing shoulder.
Whether or not Brees starts this week, or the Saints hold off on starting him this week, it is unlikely that this injury will impact Brees and the Saints for an extended period of time.
“It’s not gonna be something where it’s long-term. I think both he and the doctors are all optimistic,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said. “A lot of it is gonna be on the treatment and his ability to come back and really feel like he’s got the strength he needs.”
The Saints did not look good in their game against the Saints, and Brees is going to be a critical factor if the Saints are going to turn their season around.
The Carolina Panthers have won both of their first 2 games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans respectively, while the Saints have lost both of their games to start the season off. This matchup is an important one for how early in the season it is, because if the Panthers win the game, suddenly the Saints would find themselves 3 games behind the division lead, and that is quite an early hole to have to dig themselves out of.
The Saints will continue to go through the week and evaluate Drew Brees, and his status for Sunday will be determined based on Brees success in practice. Only time will tell how this injury will impact Brees, and the Saints’ season.