New Orleans Saints Head Coach Offers Update on Drew Brees’ Return

Published 12/17/2020, 3:41 PM EST


Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are synonymous with one another. The QB, brought in from the Los Angeles Chargers back in 2006, has enjoyed multiple successful years with the New Orleans-based outfit. 

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Looking to mount a charge for the Super Bowl, Brees was stopped in his tracks with a set of injuries. Brees sustained 11 broken ribs and a lung puncture in the games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers and was placed on Injury Reserve. 

He has been recuperating since and has finally been cleared to return to practice. Saints’ Head Coach Sean Payton, when inquired about the QB’s chances of starting on Sunday, said that while nothing can be ruled out, the Saints will take their time with Brees.

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Long injury layoff

The injuries that Brees sustained were more serious in nature than expected and put the franchise QB out for nearly a month. Taysom Hill, who has deputized in Brees’ absence, has led the Saints to a 3-1 record since. With such performances from Hill, coach Payton seems to be in no rush to start Brees right away. 

“We haven’t ruled anything just because we don’t have to,” said Payton after the team’s Wednesday practice.

“He’s got a ways to go still, and he’s someone we’re not gonna just hurry back and just put him in the game… I think the significance of the injuries are such that you’ve gotta make sure he can function and feel confident.”

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Drew Brees itching to get back in action 

In his 14 years with the Saints, Drew Brees has won a Super Bowl and racked up multiple records along the way. He is the all-time leader in passing yards and pass completions and an influential figure in the locker room. 

With a playoff spot clinched, it won’t be a surprise if the Saints choose not to start Brees on Sunday. But given Brees’ competitive nature, which won him the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award (2004), the QB will be itching to get a snap. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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