Rapoport adds Brees hopes to return a week earlier in Week 14 against the Eagles when he’s first eligible after being placed on injured reserve this past week.
Adam Schefter said “four to five weeks” was the consistent phrase that came up in talking with people close to the situation about how long Brees would be out.
Rapoport notes New Orleans wants to give the veteran time to heal up not only from nearly a dozen fractured ribs, but from a shoulder injury he’d been doing extra maintenance on before that.
A Week 15 return would give him a few games to tune up before the playoffs. Schefter also mentions there’s a widespread expectation that this is Brees’ final season.
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.