ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Saints QB Drew Brees has undergone X-rays and CAT scans every other day this week and the recent tests revealed that he has eight rib fractures on his left side and three on the right.
Werder mentions that this more than double the total from the tests performed on Monday that revealed just five rib fractures.
Even so, Brees tells Werder that doctors have been encouraged by his progress and specifically the improvement in lung function.
According to Werder, Brees is hopeful that he will be physically ready to play as soon as he’s eligible in Week 14 and do so without further risk of re-injury.
New Orleans placed Brees on injured reserve Friday, which means he’ll miss at least the next three games.
Brees, 41, is a former second-round pick of the Chargers back in 2001. After five years with the Chargers, Brees signed on with the Saints as a free agent in 2006.
Brees has spent the past 12 seasons in New Orleans. He agreed to a new two-year, $50 million contract with the Saints this past March.
In 2020, Brees has appeared in nine games for the Saints and completed 73.5 percent of his passes for 2,196 yards, 18 touchdowns and three interceptions.