McCown was checked for a concussion after Thursday's game but the results were negative, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports. McCown had an abbreviated showing in Thursday's preseason finale, going 2-for-4 for 30 yards. However, he did take one sack during his cameo, so the Saints wanted to ensure that he didn't suffer a concussion. Fortunately, he passed through the concussion protocol and appears to be fine heading into Week 1.
McCown completed 14 of 19 passes for 118 yards, adding 25 yards on three carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans. With 2015 third-round selection Garrett Grayson failing to impress through the first two weeks of the preseason, McCown doesn't seem to be in any danger of losing the No. 2 quarterback job.
The Saints and McCown agreed to a two-year, $3 million contract Thursday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports. McCown was pressed into action in Week 3 due to an absent Drew Brees (foot), touching up the Panthers for 310 yards but no touchdowns and one interception. Thereafter, McCown completed his only other pass of the year before requiring season-ending back surgery in early November. With a deal in hand, the 35-year-old will continue to serve as insurance for Brees, who is two years McCown's senior.
McCown won't play again this season following Tuesday's back surgery, Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. McCown was present on the injury report last week due to a lower back injury, but the severity wasn't clear until he was ruled out for an appearance in Week 9 on Friday. After an evaluation with a specialist Monday, surgery was announced for Tuesday, which will subsequently end his season. In his stead, the Saints will bring Matt Flynn into the fold to serve as Drew Brees' backup.
McCown will undergo back surgery Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. While it's unknown if McCown's season is over, his availability in the short term is almost certainly in jeopardy, meaning the Saints could soon turn to Garrett Grayson as Drew Brees' primary backup. Once the procedure is complete, the team will likely release a timetable, if any, for his return.
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