Drew Brees was diagnosed with multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung on the right side, a person with knowledge of the situation reported yesterday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Saints have not announced details about Brees’ injury, which the 41-year-old quarterback said occurred after a heavy hit by San Francisco defensive lineman Kentavius Street in the second. fourth of New Orleans’ 27-13 win over the 49’ers on Sunday.
Brees’ injuries will likely put him out of business for several weeks.
Saints coach Sean Payton said yesterday that he would not comment on the matter before the injury report is released tomorrow.
But with Brees likely to miss the next few games, the Saints’ offense will likely be led by Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay’s first draft pick of 2015 who signed with New Orleans on a one-year free agent deal. Taysom Hill, who plays various positions, could have a shot as well, depending on Winston’s performance.
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