Saints QB Drew Brees to Have Surgery on Torn Thumb Ligament

By , RADIO.COM Sports

The New Orleans Saints traveled to Los Angeles hoping to turn the page on a controversial NFC Championship Game loss to the Rams a season ago. Instead of getting any sense of closure in the Week 2 tilt against the Rams, the Saints suffered a 27-9 loss and lost quarterback Drew Brees for the foreseeable future.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the 40-year-old quarterback tore a ligament in his right thumb in Sunday's loss that will require surgery. The timeline for his return is far from an exact science, though Rapoport says the early expectation is that Brees will miss six weeks.

Brees, a future Hall of Famer, suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's matchup, on a seemingly innocent play where he hit his hand on the hand of Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald:

Theoretically, the Saints are in about as good of a position as you can be with backup quarterbacks, though when you factor in that Brees missed nearly all of Sunday's game, he could miss nearly half the 2019 season. No team is built to withstand the loss of their starting quarterback - especially an all-time great like Brees - for more than a few games.

Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater went 17/30 for 165 yards in relief of Drew Brees. The Saints also employ Taysom Hill, who was so impressive throwing the ball for the Saints in the preseason that head coach Sean Payton compared him to Hall of Famer Steve Young. Hill is also used as a running back, wide receiver and a special teamer.