Luke McCown will serve as the Saints' No. 2 quarterback this season behind Drew Brees. Brees' consecutive games streak snapped last season as he missed one matchup with an injury, but he's been an ironman otherwise. McCown shouldn't be on Fantasy rosters.
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.
McCown will visit with a specialist on Monday to examine his injured back, and the injury could hold him out for the rest of the season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. McCown has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, though with Drew Brees healthy, he wasn't likely to get much playing time anyway. Rookie Garrett Grayson is expected to be the backup Sunday, and likely the rest of the season if McCown is ruled out.
McCown (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, NOLA.com reports. There hasn't been any indication that McCown's injury is overly serious, but Garrett Grayson will serve as the backup quarterback for at least one game. McCown filled in competently for Drew Brees back in Week 3, nearly leading the Saints to a win over the Panthers.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New York Giants||31||24.56|
|4||10/02||@San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|7||10/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||7||18.06|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||10||18.56|
|14||12/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|3 Year Avg||84.6||112||0||0||-1||0||4|