When the Saints came out of the locker room at halftime in Sunday’s game against the 49ers, it was Jameis Winston who entered the game, not Brees. The latter underwent an MRI revealing the aforementioned damage.
Despite a relatively soft start to 2020, Brees had ramped up production in recent weeks, posting the top 10 digits amid the Saints’ soaring to NFC South summit. The longtime caller, who missed five games in 2019 with a thumb injury, appeared on the team’s official injury report earlier this month due to a shoulder issue right.
“He took a heavy shot in the first period,” coach Sean Payton said afterward. “He felt it really impacted him… (and said) ‘I don’t feel able to play. And it happens sometimes. ”
The Saints often rely on Taysom Hill backup QB, inserting it as a utility alongside or in place of Brees on a weekly basis, but Winston has been signed this offseason as a more traditional backup under center. The former No. 1 overall pick spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers, establishing a reputation as a skyrocketing or falling starter, as evidenced by a 2019 campaign that has him. saw the league lead in passing yards. but also throw 30 NFL-high interceptions.
Brees, meanwhile, hadn’t missed more than one game in a season for 15 straight years before 2019.
The Saints are seated at 7-2 after Sunday’s 27-13 victory. They remain in first place in the NFC South over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by half a game. New Orleans won both of the 2020 games against Tampa Bay.