Report: Torn ligament will sideline Brees six-weeks

Update: 9:30am CST:

Saints quarterback reportedly Drew Brees has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb that will require surgery to repair with an expected sidelining of six weeks to properly heal.  

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted the update about the injured Saint, which was quickly picked up by news organizations and flashed across the Saints Nation.  

#Saints QB Drew Brees has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and he’s going to require surgery, sources say. The timeframe depends on the surgery, but he’s likely out 6 weeks. That’s the initial estimate.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2019

The loss of Drew Brees comes at a very inopportune moment for the team.  Brees is expected to have the surgery soon.

The next step for Drew Brees is to decide who is doing the surgery and what procedure he’ll do. That could alter the time frame. But Teddy Bridgewater is the new starting QB for the #Saints.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2019

Update: 8am CST:

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport is reporting Saints quarterback Drew Brees was seen by hand specialists Sunday evening, just hours after the teams crushing 27-9 loss to the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  

Rapoport says the specialists are looking at possible ligament damage to the thumb of his right hand.  

Rapoport speculates Brees could miss game time as the extent of the injury could sideline the future hall-of-fame quarterback. 

He says the extent of the injury is not public at this time, but that the Saints will learn more about the extent of the injury later today.  

Original Post:

The incredible resilience of quarterback Drew Brees was thrown into a tailspin in Sunday's 27-9 loss at the Los Angeles Coliseum. 

Brees throwing hand slammed into the hand of All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald during a third down pass. 

During the press conference after the game Coach Sean Payton said the star passer will have his injured thumb examined by a hand specialist in Los Angeles.  

Speaking after the game, Brees admitted he was very concerned.  "I'm hoping for the best," Brees said.  "And preparing for whatever the next steps might be according to the evaluation." 

Brees talked about the injury, saying, "I felt it right away.  You might get jammed thumbs or fingers, different things where it swells up.  This felt like it was more significant and prevented me from gripping the ball."

Brees left the field and had the thumb and hand taped up.