The worst news has been confirmed for the New Orleans Saints. Their quarterback Drew Brees will not be playing this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Their Super Bowl winning quarterback will be watching from the sidelines this weekend as he has been unable to recover from a bruised rotator cuff injury he picked up during the Saints' 26-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Saints Head Coach Sean Payton announced the decision earlier today according to Pro Football Talk. He was being evaluated day-to-day, but now he has been ruled out completely.
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Backup quarterback Luke McCown will be taking his place under center, and Brees is confident that he can get the job done.
He said according to Pro Football Talk: “I haven’t missed a game due to injury in 20 years, since my junior year of high school. I consider myself very fortunate for that. Another reason why this decision was so tough. Bottom line is Luke McCown gives us the best chance to win this week. I have to be honest with myself and do what is in the best interest of the team.
“I have total confidence in Luke, as does our team.”
It will be good for the Saints to rest Brees so that he can hopefully recover by this time next week so he can play against the Dallas Cowboys.
But the Saints are currently sitting on a 0-2 record and the odds of making the playoffs will be larger and larger if Brees sits on the sidelines for longer than expected.