New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees left Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions with more than just another loss on the record.
He injured his right foot during the game and was wearing a protective boot when he spoke to reporters, saying he will have an MRI scan later today.
The 36-year-old completed 34-of-52 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns during the game and was partly responsible for the sparked comeback in the second half after being 21-3 down at the half.
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He connected 21-of-31 passes for 231 yards in the second portion of the game, but the final score still gave the Lions the win by 35-27.
Brees' foot injury could have major implications on his future with the NFC South franchise because not only is he 36 years old, 37 in January, but also 2016 will be the final year of his five-year $100 million contract.
He will earn a base salary of just over $19 million if he is kept on by the New Orleans-based team in 2016. He's only missed one game so far this season, week three against the Carolina Panthers due to a shoulder injury he picked up in week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he is still playing at a very high level despite his team's poor record this year.
He's a record setter and always has been since arriving in New Orleans. His performance against the Lions meant he became only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 60,000 yards across his career and has thrown for over 4,000 yards and at least 25 touchdown passes in all 10 seasons he has spent with the Saints.
The question is, how long can Brees stay healthy for? The 36-year-old has only missed two games during his time with the Saints, but his age is likely to be a factor with this streak continuing. We've already seen it happen to Peyton Manning this season with the Denver Broncos and there is a concern the same could happen with Brees.
The MRI result later today will bring more clarity to the situation and could indicate the future for Brees at the New Orleans-based franchise. Whether he stays or not, it still might be time for the team to look for a new franchise quarterback after Brees has gone.
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