NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints positioned quarterback Drew Brees on injured reserve Friday, which means he’ll miss no less than three video games with rib accidents.
Brees was unable to complete final Sunday’s recreation after absorbing a heavy hit on a sack try by 287-pound San Francisco defensive deal with Kentavius Avenue, who was penalized for roughing on the play.
Avenue landed on the correct facet of Brees’ torso as the 2 went to the bottom, and Brees was identified Monday with rib fractures and a collapsed lung.
Brees, 41, has performed effectively this season for New Orleans, finishing 73.5% of his passes for two,196 yards and 18 touchdowns with three interceptions in eight-and-a-half video games.
An injured reserve designation beforehand would finish a gamers’ season with fewer than eight video games remaining, however this 12 months the NFL has adopted extra versatile roster guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brees already was not anticipated to play this week. New Orleans’ different two quarterbacks are Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, who’ve been splitting time working with first-team receivers during times of follow open to reporters.
Sean Payton declined after follow Friday to publicly identify a starter for Sundays’ residence recreation in opposition to Atlanta, but in addition mentioned he had decided.
After Brees left final Sunday’s victory over the 49ers, Winston took a lot of the snaps, going 6 of 10 for 63 yards. He didn’t throw for a landing and was practically intercepted when security Jimmie Ward dropped a cross over the center.
However Hill, who has performed all through the season as a change-of-pace, choice quarterback, and in addition has served in a utility position on particular groups and as a decent finish, is reportedly Payton’s option to take the primary snaps in opposition to the Falcons.
Hill has tried simply 5 passes this season, however has accomplished 4 of them for 86 yards. He has not thrown a landing cross or interception this season.
Hill has been with New Orleans since his rookie season in 2017 and this offseason signed a two-year extension value about $21 million, a sign that New Orleans thought-about him a professional candidate to step in when Brees retires.
However Hill has but to begin an everyday season recreation. When Brees missed 5 video games final season, Hill was stored in his common utility position whereas then backup Teddy Bridgewater served as a fill-in starter, going 5-0.
Now it seems Hill could possibly be in line for his probability to indicate how effectively he can run the offense for a sustained interval throughout the recreation.