A source tells Dan Graziano that the most optimistic recovery time for Drew Brees would be two-three weeks.
Graziano explains that this will depend on healing time, which varies by patient, and when the Saints are convinced Brees can take a hit without risk of serious re-injury.
According to Graziano, there is hope Brees is back in time for the playoffs.
Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Saints QB Drew Brees has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side.
Werder explains that these injuries were suffered over two weeks and it’s uncertain how much time he might miss.
Brees reported suffered two fractured ribs Sunday against the 49ers and three others on the right side the previous week against the Bucs that were not seen on X-ray until today. According to Werder, Brees has been advised to be cautious with the collapsed lung.
Brees is having an MRI to determine if there’s any cartilage damage and to what extent. But Rapoport adds the Saints are bracing for Brees to miss some time while he fully heals.
Tom Pelissero adds Brees has been dealing with a shoulder injury the team has worked to manage in practice during the weak. So the time off could benefit the 41-year-old Brees’ body in numerous ways.
Jameis Winston replaced Brees in the game Sunday after the injury and would likely be the starter for any other games Brees misses.
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.
We’ll have more on Brees as the news is available.