Report: Drew Brees’ recovery timetable ‘remains within reach’
Drew Brees underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, and an initial report suggests the six-week timetable for recovery as laid out by the New Orleans Saints “remains within reach.”
Brees suffered the thumb injury when his right hand collided with the hand of Los Angeles Rams pass-rusher Aaron Donald during Sunday’s 27-9 loss. The Saints’ optimism from the onset that it would not end up being a long-term injury was illustrated by the team declining to put Brees on injured reserve, which would have sidelined him for a minimum of eight weeks.
Now, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the surgery went so well that Brees could return in the projected time frame.
The thumb surgery for #Saints QB Drew Brees went perfect, source said, and he’s expected to remain in the Los Angeles area to rehab and work for the next few days. The original time frame was 6 weeks and that remains within reach. NO has not yet placed him on Injured Reserve.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2019
Brees also appears to be in high spirits in the wake of the procedure. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday night, the Saints signal-caller made a joke about how he’s unable to give a true “thumbs-up” due to the cast on his lower right arm.
The Saints will roll with the combination of Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill at quarterback as Brees recovers, although head coach Sean Payton declined to say who will start on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.