Drew Brees left Sunday’s game against the Rams with an injured thumb.
After seeing a hand specialist in LA, it has been determined that Brees tore a ligament in his thumb on his throwing hand and will miss at least six weeks of the season:
Saints' QB Drew Brees is expected to undergo thumb surgery as early as today that would be expected to sideline him approximately 6 weeks, per leagues sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2019
#Saints QB Drew Brees has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and he’s going to require surgery, sources say. The timeframe depends on the surgery, but he’s likely out 6 weeks. That’s the initial estimate.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2019
Teddy Bridgewater will take over at quarterback for the Saints.
New Orleans made Bridgewater the highest paid back up QB in the NFL. Bridgewater had opportunities to become a starter for some teams, but turned them down to work with Sean Payton and the Saints.
It is now time for Bridgewater to come through on his end of the deal, as it is no small task to replace the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards.
Bridgewater was 17-30 passing for 165 yards in relief of Brees against the Rams.