Drew Brees told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder that he believes his passing shoulder is healthy and he is capable of making every throw necessary when the New Orleans Saints host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Brees is planning to start Sunday after taking most of the Saints' practice reps all week. He has been recovering from a bruised right rotator cuff, which forced him to miss Sunday's game at Carolina -- the first time he has missed a game with injury since high school.
Brees went into detail on the specifics of his injury for the first time in a phone interview with Werder. He said the turning point in his recovery was Tuesday, when the inflammation subsided and the strength began to return to normal. He doesn't feel as though the shoulder is at any risk.
Brees still comes with some risks, and it's not like he was playing like the Brees of old before the injury. From a health standpoint, though, it looks like he'll be in good enough shape to start if owners need him.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. We’re expecting Brees to return in Week 4. The Cowboys have been a bad matchup for opposing quarterbacks (5th in aFPA), but Brees is typically a good fantasy bet at home. The injury makes him a risk/reward play.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. We’re tentatively expecting Brees to return in Week 4. The Cowboys have been a bad matchup for opposing quarterbacks (5th in aFPA).
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It’s a good sign for Brees that he’s able to return to practice, but he’s dealing with diminished strength in his arm. The Cowboys have been a bad matchup for opposing quarterbacks (5th in aFPA).
Drew Brees is expected to take some practice reps for the first time Wednesday after his Tuesday throwing session went well during the Saints' off day, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.
This is the latest encouraging step for Brees, who told Werder on Monday that he received positive reviews from Dr. James Andrews after a comprehensive shoulder evaluation in Birmingham, Ala.
Brees has not thrown during a practice since he suffered a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was ruled out of this past Sunday's game at the Carolina Panthers because he and coach Sean Payton agreed that he didn't have enough strength or velocity yet. It was the first game Brees missed due to injury since high school.
Both Brees and Payton have said they are optimistic he will be able to return for Sunday night's home date with the Dallas Cowboys. But they have both described Brees' status as "day to day." Brees has stressed that the decision will be based on how much strength and "functionality" he feels he has in his arm rather than an issue of pain tolerance or risk of re-injury, the story said.
Drew Brees plans to test his injured shoulder Tuesday by throwing for the first time since Friday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.
Brees told Werder that he flew to Birmingham, Alabama on Monday for a comprehensive shoulder evaluation with Dr. James Andrews and that the results of the exam were even more positive than he expected.
Brees and coach Sean Payton have both continued to describe Brees as “day to day,” and he aims to return at home this Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Werder seems to be on top of the Brees injury.
w Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees met with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on Monday and got "very positive" feedback after an "extensive evaluation," according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
Saints coach Sean Payton said Monday that Brees was showing progress daily.
The Saints (0-3) play the Dallas Cowboys (2-1) on Sunday at home. Werder, who has reported statements from Brees and information that appears to be coming from Brees since last week, also added that Brees found the evaluation with Andrews "very positive" and "beyond expectations," the story said. Werder was in our news last last week saying Brees' injury wasn't as long term as some other outlets reported, so it appears this can be taken seriously.
Drew Brees will head into Week 4 the same way he went into Week 3 – optimistic but uncertain about whether he will be able to play with a bruised rotator cuff.
“I’m day-to-day. Obviously I plan to and expect to start on Sunday,” the New Orleans Saints quarterback said in his weekly postgame interview with Cox Sports Television following the Saints’ 27-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers. “But if I don’t, we’re in good hands with Luke [McCown].”
Brees reiterated that his ability to play against the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday night will be a matter of “functionality.”
A report we had Sunday night said Brees is a long shot to play in Week 4. Brees may just be preparing in case, but owners should probably plan on being without him again.
It's going to just be a wait-and-see type of approach heading into the week, the story said, and that will apply to fantasy owners, too. The Saints host Dallas, but it's the Sunday night game so owners are going to need a backup plan if they want to wait for Brees' availability. Luke McCown played well, completed 31 of 38 passes for 310 yards and one interception, but the offense takes a hit with Brees out of the lineup.
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 3. Luke McCown will get the start in a bad matchup against the Panthers. The Carolina defense is the biggest beneficiary of this news, as the entire Saints offense is likely to take a step back without Brees under center. Even Mark Ingram is looking like a dicey play now that the Panthers can load up and stop the run.
Luke McCown will get the start in a bad matchup against the Panthers. The Carolina defense is the biggest beneficiary of this news, as the entire Saints offense is likely to take a step back without Brees under center. Even Mark Ingram is looking like a dicey play now that the Panthers can load up and stop the run.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Brees has a bruised rotator cuff, but says he’s “pretty confident” that he’ll be able to play in Week 3 against the Panthers. It’s not a great spot for him, but the Saints tend to go pass-heavy when the chips are down.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:12pm
Saints QB Drew Brees (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Brees has a bruised rotator cuff, but says he’s “pretty confident” that he’ll be able to play in Week 3 against the Panthers. It’s not a great spot for him, but the Saints tend to go pass-heavy when the chips are down.
On Sept. 27, 2009, St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger grimaced in pain as medical staff examined his shoulder on the sidelines. The diagnosis came a day later: Bulger had bruised -- but not torn -- the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.
That's the same diagnosis reportedly given to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, according to the latest of a flurry of reports that emerged Monday after Brees appeared to injure his right shoulder in Sunday's loss.
The good news for Brees and the Saints is that Bulger missed only one game. He returned to action two weeks after suffering the injury and played the rest of the season.
The story said Bulger was the only NFL quarterback who could be found in media reports over the last 15 years to have suffered what was described as a bruised rotator cuff. The story also added Brees could be back quick but these injuries often vary a lot. The reports on Brees continue to come in and all vary seriousness. Owners of Brees may want to put a backup plan in place just in case.
ESPN's Ed Werder said that Brees underwent an MRI on Monday afternoon following pain and weakness in his passing shoulder. Brees admitted on Sunday afternoon that his shoulder was bothering him after he was sacked and hit against Tampa Bay.
It was one of several hits Brees would experience throughout the 26-19 loss.
"Source: #Drew Brees experienced pain, weakness in passing shoulder from TB hit. Had MRI. Response to treatment to determine playing status," Werder tweeted.
We have conflicting stories about Brees' status for Week 3. Ian Rapoport said Brees could miss several games with his injury, but Werder's report is obviously more optimistic. The Saints are not commenting, according to the story. We'll continue to keep you posted.
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