According to Rapoport, Brees is still working hard to return from his shoulder injury, but he faces a “steep climb.”
While some have said thatÂ Breesâ shoulder injury is a bruise, Rapoport has been told itâs actually a rotator cuff sprain, which indicates some structural damage.
New Orleans is forced to start Luke McCown against the Panthers today.
Brees, 36, has two years remaining on his five-year, $100 million contract that included $40 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries ofÂ $18.75 million and $19.75 million over the next two years.
This season, Brees has thrown forÂ 610 yards while completing 62.8 percent of his passes to go along with two touchdowns and two interceptions.