Ed Werder reported that the Saints’ long-time quarterback Drew Brees has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and suffered a collapsed lung on his right side, injuries that forced him to leave New Orleans’ win over the 49ers on Sunday.

Werder added that the injury that forced him out of Sunday’s match-up was actually an extension of injuries suffered the week before against the Bucs, fracturing two ribs against the 49ers after fracturing three others on his right side the week before against Tampa Bay.

Head coach Sean Payton said that he won’t announce whether do-it-all player Taysom Hill or former Bucs quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston will start in Brees’ absense, however Winston appears to be next in line after playing 34 snaps on Sunday against San Francisco after Brees left the game. Winston was 6-of-10 for 63 yards and was sacked twice in relief of Brees in New Orleans’ 27-13 win. He completed his only pass attempt for 12 yards in his first action as a Saint against the Bucs the week before.

Hill will likely remain heavily involved, even if he isn’t named the starter, and see his snap count at the position increase as well, playing a season-high 10 snaps at quarterback on Sunday after averaging just over three snaps per game at quarterback over the Saints’ first seven contests. Hill is 4-of-5 for 86 yards at quarterback, and also has 34 carries for 186 yards (5.5 avg.) and one touchdown as a Wildcat QB. Hill has also lined up as a wide receiver and has caught six passes for 74 yards and one TD this season.

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eaustinyoung
8 months ago

I feel for Brees. He’s a class act. However, the Saints (Cam Jordan and Alvin Kamara mainly) always prematurely run their mouths during the season. Jameis stealing Brees’s spotlight acting like a total schmuck in Tampa last week. Saints deserve some humility.

Naplesfan
Reply to  eaustinyoung
8 months ago

Drew Brees is indeed a great player and a great guy.

But it’s time for him to hang up his guns and retire to his broadcasting gig. Five broken, not cracked, ribs and a deflated lung was potentially life threatening. No way he should play again this year, and frankly, he’s proved all he can prove as a player.

PewterHeart
Reply to  eaustinyoung
8 months ago

Totally agree! Cam has a bigger mouth than his game, its shadowed by his teams play. Kamara atleast is a stud and can back his play up. Winston won’t be deepthraoting any W’s this weekend against a red hot Atlanta team.

Ron Potter
Reply to  PewterHeart
8 months ago

Winston has a better chance of deep-throating W’s with the Saints than he ever did with our organization… the historical MO on us as it relates to home-grown QBs. Enjoy the small-time window with Tom Brady while you can and try not to let Winston’s Ws feed your bias.

Dman
8 months ago

Hate to see this for Brees. May be it for him.

Madman
8 months ago

I also feel for Brees but can’t stand the Saints. Can’t wait to see Jameis doing stupid stuff in a Saints uni. Welcome to our previous world LOL

Spitfire
8 months ago

I would be fine with the entire Aint’s team to just go away, but Brees is a class act. I actually wish the entire team would have been disbanded after their “Hit List” or whatever that crap was called came to light where they paid bonus’ to people that hurt opposing players during a game. Well, hopefully Winston will be his usual self and throw 15 INTs the rest of the year, if he goes that long. They play the Falcons next week, a team that knows how to bait him into INTs all too well. Hopefully this is the… Read more »

Ron Potter
Reply to  Spitfire
8 months ago

Winston finally has a much more developed and established RB in Kamara to dump the ball off to. It will be an interesting side-story to watch. Watched a little bit of that game. Winston’s best year came when Lovie Smith had him much more disciplined. Sean Payton and Kamara will be good for Winston if he can move on from the bad habits instilled from bad coaching here.

surferdudes
8 months ago

Brees shoulda took the T.V. gig. I guess the TD passing record is going to Brady. Ribs take a long time to truly heal. When he does come back, aim for his ribs!

danielob
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

Totaly classless comment, this does not reflect the majority of Bucs fans. I would never wish an injury on a player. Surfer dude, think twice before making such a graceless comment.

PewterHeart
Reply to  danielob
8 months ago

Technically, surferdudes is right..a clean hit would be knee up to neck down..no one will feel bad for Brees when it comes down to a sack opportunity..I get what you are saying, but its unfortunate for Brees.

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PewterHeart
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

Off the record, yes.lol

Sactobuc
8 months ago

That was not roughing the QB, even though it was called, so I don’t feel bad one bit. JW will not be their savior.. and his sacks are forthcoming..

Lawdy
8 months ago

holy hell

chefboho
8 months ago

Hate it for Brees, but love it for those arrogant Saints players. This is a huge opening for this team in a year where the NFC west is playing lights out. Tampa has a legit shot at this division now. Jameis had hella happy feet when they were down in the red zone this week and the pressure is on them now. They still habe the rams and chiefs as well. Lets go bucs!!!

Ron Potter
Reply to  chefboho
8 months ago

Saw the happy feet you’re talking about. One of the bad habits he has that was magnified under Dirk Koetter’s tenure but not during Lovie Smiths’s. By the time BA got here, I’m not sure the no risk it no biscuit philosophy was going to help him change the magnitude his happy feet had escalated to under Koetter. Payton and Kamara is a better chance for Winston to reign in his bad habits.

Buc76
8 months ago

Looks like Tom Terrific is going to run up the TD pass totals for a while!

Dave
8 months ago

Jameis was sacked twice in 1 half of football, and on only 10 pass attempts lol. That’s 1/7 of the amount of times Brady has been sacked the entire season through 10 games. Must be the Saints OLine lol

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RW
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

He also should have had at least one pic that was dropped by the DB. Count on him for 2 picks at least next game.

Eddie
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

Brady could end up the same way, if the Arians coach insisting on long passes with existing poor offensive front line. We better hope that is not the case.

danielob
8 months ago

I don’t care if his injury might help the Bucs, I just pray for his speedy recovery and good health, it took alot of guts to play with cracked ribs to begin with, it shows his determination and will to win. Good luck Drew and a speedy recovery.

76Buc
8 months ago

How many int’s for jameis?

PewterHeart
Reply to  76Buc
8 months ago

As many thumbs up for your comment,lol

thewbacca
8 months ago

Bucs focus and play like champs the next 2 weeks and they have a legit shot at being the first team with home field advantage for the entire postseason.

Eddie
Reply to  thewbacca
8 months ago

Years ago, Steve Young of the 49ers played with one after a few weeks of rest. He did not do well even with 4 shot of painkillers.

plopes808
8 months ago

While I would never wish injury on a player, this does help us a lot. Only downside is it happened after we played them twice. Should help our chances to win the division by record though.

IDGABuc
8 months ago

You gotta feel for the guy. I mean I have hated watching him play the Bucs and beat the crap out of us repeatedly & I hated us not winning the division when they did (not that we had a legit shot many times recently.. Not like it was close. Recently = 10+ years) but I Love watching Brees play the game. He has lost a lot as far as his arm strength, (which the Bucs should’ve been able to take advantage of, esp. the last game) but he still knows how to win. I wouldn’t count him out for… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by IDGABuc
Eddie
8 months ago

“Injuries suffered over two weeks” Didn;t think we sack or hit him once last week. Did I miss something?

scubog
8 months ago

Going to get interesting for the Saints since Winston is the polar opposite of Brees. Wouldn’t surprise me if #9 is done for the rest of the regular season.

Buc-Up
Reply to  scubog
8 months ago

Is this going to be another repeat of an Ex-Buc QB leading his team to a Super Bowl win? I hope tongue not…LOL

Ron Potter
Reply to  Buc-Up
8 months ago

Should not be a surprise to any loyal Buc fans. The bandwagoners that jumped on with us for Tom Brady, however….

twspin
8 months ago

Somebody here says they cannot wait for Jameis to screw things up. Be careful of that. Karma can play funny tricks sometimes. Sean Payton is arguably on par with or even a better coach than Arians. And Jameis is well rested. I get this feeling the Saints will do just fine with Jameis. We shall see.

Ron Potter
Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

Winston has a better chance and better environment there than he did here. At least for the present. For his future, maybe BA was better. But we ran out of time. And the circumstances with Brady available and BA’s timeline just didn’t fit what it would take to clean up Winston’s game and finally have a home-grown QB signed to his second contract. Doug Williams, Steve Young, Trent Dilfer, Vinny Testaverde… Jameis Winston? We’ll see.