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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4 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.