NFC Notes: Panthers, Saints, Washington




  • Chris Mortensen reports that Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater is undergoing an MRI now to determine the extent of his right knee injury, but it does not appear to be serious.  Bridgewater is dealing with some discomfort to his left knee, which isn’t the knee he had major reconstruction surgery on.
  • A source tells Ian Rapoport that Bridgewater hasn’t been ruled out for Week 11, despite the injury. 
  • NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is expected to return next week against the Lions after missing this week due to a shoulder injury. Rapoport notes McCaffrey was in a lot of pain and the team thought it was prudent for him to sit out a week. 


  • Saints HC Sean Payton told reporters that QB Drew Brees will get an MRI and X-Ray for his rib injury. Payton added that Brees told him he wasn’t capable of playing during the second half, which is why they made the decision to go with Jameis Winston. (Nick Underhill)
  • Payton said Brees toughed out the injury in the first half but didn’t feel better or get looser in the second half and said he didn’t think he could be effective. (Mike Triplett)
  • Breer later said it wasn’t a pain issue, but that his body couldn’t do it: “I was not going to be able to be effective.” (Nick Underhill)
  • Breer was asked if he’s in serious pain: “I wouldn’t call it that … It’s something that needs to be dealt with here.” He added that it’s “probably not just one” rib. (Nick Underhill)
  • Brees did, however, say: “I’m going to do everything I can to be as effective as possible next week.” (Nick Underhill)
  • Mike Garafolo reports that sources around the NFL expect Saints DC Dennis Allen to be “squarely in the mix” for a head coaching job this offseason. 
  • Garafolo points out that the Saints’ defense has gradually progressed from the No. 31 ranked team to No. 3 in his six years on the job. 


  • Washington is hosting free agent RB Javon Leake for a visit. (Aaron Wilson)
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