New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees instructed ESPN on Saturday night time that docs have been inspired by his progress, particularly enchancment in lung perform and the continued dissipation of the pneumothorax suffered within the first half of final weekend’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers. They’ve additionally found further rib fractures, he mentioned.
Brees went on injured reserve Friday afternoon, that means he should miss at the very least three video games whereas recovering from cracked ribs and a punctured lung.
With the lung accidents the primary concern, Brees mentioned he has undergone X-rays and CAT scans and has been seen by docs each different day this week. They’ve confirmed a complete of eight rib fractures on his left aspect and three on the appropriate, he mentioned. That is greater than double the full from testing carried out Monday, which revealed 5 fractured ribs.
Brees mentioned he thinks the entire fractures on his left aspect occurred towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two weeks in the past and that these on the appropriate aspect occurred towards the 49ers final Sunday.
The extra fractures turned seen on medical scans as swelling within the chest subsided and the harm was extra simply noticed, he mentioned.
Brees described his physique as shutting down due to the accidents in the course of the 49ers recreation. He mentioned it was a scarcity of performance at halftime that prompted him to tell coach Sean Payton that he would not be capable to play. Brees mentioned he was not in a position to throw the ball even 10 yards on the time.
Brees mentioned he’s hopeful that he might be able to play as quickly as he is eligible in Week 14 and might achieve this with out additional danger of reinjury.
That is the primary time Brees, 41, has been positioned on IR, and this might be simply the seventh recreation he has missed due to harm in his 20-year profession. Taysom Hill is predicted to make the primary begin of his NFL profession Sunday towards the Falcons for New Orleans (7-2).