The New Orleans Saints have just been dealt a crushing blow. During the first quarter of their NFC Championship rematch with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, quarterback Drew Brees left the game with a hand injury after getting hit by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Upon leaving the game, Brees stated he feared it was a significant injury. Unfortunately, his fears were confirmed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Monday morning that Brees is expected to undergo surgery on his thumb and will miss significant playing time.
Even before the official diagnosis reported by Schefter, it was clear Brees was seriously injured. During the game, Brees could be seen on the sideline unable to hold a football and was sporting a brace typically designed for ligament damage in his hand, as suspected by a former NFL doctor.
Now the Saints will have to prepare for life without Brees for the time being, and the first step in this journey will be against the Seahawks in Seattle next week. CenturyLink Field has never been kind to the New Orleans Saints, even with Brees at quarterback.
New Orleans will now have to take on an undefeated Seahawks team fresh off an upset win on the road with backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. While Bridgewater may be one of the better backups in the NFL, it’s been almost three full years since his last meaningful start in the league.
In fact, Bridgewater’s last start was against the Seahawks in the playoffs when he was the starting quarterback for the Vikings. The Seahawks famously held on to win 10-9 when former Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal.
This story is continuing to develop.