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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Announces end to illustrious career

    Brees officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. The writing for Brees hanging up his cleats has been on the wall all offseason, and it's fitting that his official announcement comes 15 years to the date that he initially signed with the Saints. In his career, Brees has earned 13 selections to the Pro Bowl and led the league in passing yards on seven separate occasions, not to mention earning a championship for New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV (plus game MVP honors). It's all but a given that Brees' next stop will be the NFL Hall of Fame, but the Saints' quarterback position looks more uncertain. The team still has Taysom Hill (knee) under contract, while Jameis Winston is currently scheduled for free agency.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Renegotiating contract

    The Saints have renegotiated Brees' contract to open up $24 million in 2021, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. This move allows the Saints to create cap space now, while waiting until June 2 to officially place Brees on the retired list should he ultimately decide to call it a career. The move allows New Orleans to split his bonus prorations in 2021 and 2022 instead of carrying the entire cap hit at once. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Brees' contract is now down to base salary. Nothing has officially been announced regarding Brees' future, but this move is seemingly another sign of a likely forthcoming retirement announcement.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Could announce retirement soon

    Coach Sean Payton told Will Brinson of CBS Sports' "Pick Six Podcast" on Wednesday that he expects Brees to make a decision on whether he'll retire within the next couple weeks. Payton seemed to hint that Brees is headed for retirement, though it's possible the 42-year-old could surprise and choose to return for another season in 2021. The quarterback completed at least 70 percent of his passes for a fifth straight season in 2020, but the Saints once again came up short in the playoffs -- a recurring theme throughout the second half of Brees' career. Payton has been clear about his desire to re-sign Jameis Winston, so the Saints seem to be preparing for a future without Brees.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Three INTs in season-ending loss

    Brees completed 19 of 34 pass attempts for 134 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's NFC divisional-round loss to Tampa Bay. Brees was unable to push the ball downfield (3.9 yards per attempt) -- as has been the case all season -- but he had the Saints in position to advance to the next round until he threw his third interception in the fourth quarter that ultimately sealed his team's fate. Tampa Bay's defense came at the future Hall of Famer as advertised, applying pressure with extra rushers and forcing the immobile veteran to get rid of the ball quickly and, at times, inaccurately. The 42-year-old was unable to connect with top wideout Michael Thomas for the first time in a game in which both players played all four quarters during their five years together. Lots of credit for Brees' rough outing should be given to the Buccaneers' defense and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, but the aging quarterback's untimely turnovers put Tampa's offense in very favorable field position on multiple occasions. Rumblings of Brees' potential retirement grew louder after his disappointing play in the season-ending loss, but he remained mum on the subject after the game. If the living legend should return for the 2021 season (he is scheduled to make $25 million in the last year of his current contract), fantasy managers shouldn't let the name on the back of his jersey fool them into thinking he can turn back the clock in terms of production. Brees doesn't possess the arm strength, pocket mobility or deep accuracy he once had in his prime, so expectations should be held in check if he decides to give it another go.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Over 300 yards in win

    Brees completed 19 of 26 passes for 311 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday. He also netted minus-3 yards on three rushes. The future Hall of Famer's TD:INT ratio was far from pretty, but the good news was Brees was considerably sharper from an efficiency standpoint than in his return from injured reserve against the Chiefs in Week 14. The 41-year-old averaged a robust 12.0 yards per attempt despite operating without Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith, who are both on injured reserve with ankle injuries. Brees also crossed the 300-yard threshold for only the second time this season, and he'll have one more chance to knock off any rust and get closer to full health before the postseason when the Saints tangle with the Panthers in a Week 17 road matchup.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Officially off IR

    Brees (ribs) was activated off injured reserve and will start Sunday against the Chiefs. This was a no-brainer considering coach Sean Payton confirmed Friday that Brees would be starting in Week 15 against the Chiefs. The veteran quarterback has missed the last four games after suffering a punctured lung to go along with 11 rib fractures, but he'll return to the lineup with the Saints still in a prime spot to compete for the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC. Taysom Hill will slide back to his multi-dimensional role within the offense.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Gearing up for return

    Coach Sean Payton confirmed Friday that he plans for Brees (ribs) to start Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Payton sounded far less optimistic earlier this week, saying Wednesday that the 41-year-old quarterback had a "a ways to go" before he could be activated from injured reserve. Since he's still on IR, Brees won't be listed on the Saints' weekly injury report, but his return to the starting lineup will essentially be locked in once New Orleans activates him later Friday or Saturday.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Set to start Sunday

    Brees (ribs) is expected to be activated off injured reserve to start Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 41-year-old was designated to return from injured reserve earlier this week, and he's apparently thrown well enough at practice to convince the Saints he's ready to go this weekend. Coach Sean Payton said Wednesday the veteran still had "a ways to go" before being activated, but barring a setback during Friday's session, Brees looks poised to take the reins of the offense back from Taysom Hill, who started the past four games.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Set to throw Wednesday

    Brees (ribs) is expected to throw a football early Wednesday before the Saints determine whether he's fit to join the team for practice later in the day, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Saints initially targeted the Week 15 matchup with the Chiefs for Brees' return from the lineup after the quarterback suffered a punctured lung and 11 rib fractures in a Nov. 15 game against the 49ers, but to this point, the 41-year-old hasn't progressed as quickly in his recovery as hoped. According to Rapoport, Brees experienced pain and lacked full range of motion during his most recent throwing session Monday, so he'll likely need to show improvement in both areas Wednesday before his integration into practice is seriously considered. If Brees isn't designated to return from injured reserve later Wednesday, it would be a strong early sign that the Saints aren't counting on him playing this weekend versus Kansas City, which would clear the way for Taysom Hill to make a fifth straight start.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Not ready to return

    There's still no timetable for the return to action of Brees (ribs/lung), Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per the report, the Saints aren't in a rush to put Brees -- who's bouncing back from 11 fractured ribs and a punctured lung -- back on the field and into their starting lineup. In his continued absence, Taysom Hill will handle the team's QB duties Sunday against the Eagles and quite possibly next weekend against Kansas City.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Likely giving way to Hill again

    Brees (ribs) is expected to remain sidelined in Week 14 while Taysom Hill picks up another start, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reports. While Brees continues to rehab his injury, Hill has taken the reins and led the Saints to a 3-0 record in that span, making a good case for the organization to consider him as the future franchise quarterback. If this is truly the sentiment among the New Orleans brass, it wouldn't be too shocking to see Brees sidelined even further, especially if Hill can improve to 4-0 in Week 14. Even if Hill had underperformed, it's seemingly unlikely that Brees would be ready physically for a Week 14 return. Though the Saints aren't required to submit an official practice report for an IR player like Brees, it was reported Wednesday that his participation was limited, at best. While a return Week 15 against Kansas City looks like a possibility, it's far from a certainty.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Not ready to ramp up in practice

    Brees (ribs/lung) isn't expected to practice "much, if at all" Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Rapoport notes that Brees continues to progress well from a punctured lung and 11 fractured ribs, but the signal-caller isn't quite ready to ramp up his activities just yet. Though Brees is eligible to come off injured reserve this week after missing the Saints' previous three games, it's unclear if the Saints will designate him to return, a transaction that would allow the veteran quarterback to practice with the team. At this stage, the Saints' Week 15 game against Kansas City looks to be more realistic for Brees' return to the lineup, so Taysom Hill is tentatively in line to make a fourth straight start Sunday against the Eagles.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Could return Week 14

    Brees (ribs) has progressed quicker than expected and could be ready to return from injured reserve ahead of the Saints' Week 14 game in Philadelphia on Dec. 13, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Brees will miss his third straight game Sunday in Atlanta after suffering 11 fractured ribs and a collapsed lung in a Nov. 15 win over the 49ers, but he took a step forward this week, when he was spotted throwing on the side during practice. The Saints will have to designate Brees to return from IR before he's eligible to take part in practices with the main group, but he appears poised to get on the field in some capacity when the team resumes working out Wednesday. Assuming that's the case, the Saints will likely assess Brees' condition over their three Week 14 practice sessions before deciding whether he's fit to start against Philadelphia, or if Taysom Hill will be under center for another contest.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: May be out until Week 15

    Brees, who's dealing with 11 confirmed rib fractures as well as a punctured lung and a shoulder issue, is facing a "realistic return date" of Week 15, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per the report, the Saints' goal is to give the quarterback enough time to fully heal up from all of his injuries, and a Week 15 return would still allow Brees to get in a couple of tune-up outings before a potential playoff run. However long Brees is out, Taysom Hill -- who is expected to start Sunday against the Falcons -- and Jameis Winston will handle the team's quarterback duties.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Eleven rib fractures confirmed

    Brees underwent X-rays and CAT scans this week that revealed 11 confirmed rib fractures, Ed Werder of ESPN reports. The 41-year-old's initial diagnosis at the start of the week showed five fractures and a collapsed lung, but the damage to his ribcage is apparently more extensive than initially reported. Per Werder, he's still progressing well in his recovery, especially in regard to lung function. Brees was placed on injured reserve and will be sidelined for at least the next three games, though Werder also reports the veteran quarterback expects to return when first eligible Week 14. Taysom Hill is starting under center for the Saints against the Falcons on Sunday.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Placed on IR

    The Saints are placing Brees (ribs) on injured reserve, ruling him out for a minimum of three games, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The earliest Brees possible date for Brees to play again is Week 14 against the Eagles (Dec. 13). Taysom Hill reportedly will get the start this Sunday against Atlanta, but it's possible the team switches to Jameis Winston at some point during Brees' absence. The 41-year-old quarterback is recovering from cracked ribs and a collapsed lung.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: More opinions on tap

    Brees is getting additional opinions to determine the true extent of his rib injuries, Ed Werder of ESPN reports. Brees' initial diagnosis was five broken ribs and a collapsed lung on his right side, the result of big hits in the Saints' last two games. According to Werder, there may be even more fractures, hence the outside opinions to see if a stay on injured reserve is required. Brees was given a recovery timetable of 2-to-3 weeks anyway, so a stint on IR may be able to get him to the brink of a return. In the meantime, the Saints will turn to Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill, who are the candidates to stand in for Brees.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Will miss minimum of 2-to-3 weeks

    Brees (ribs) is facing a minimum recovery timetable of 2-to-3 weeks, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. Graziano notes that 2-to-3 weeks would represent Brees' most optimistic possible recovery timeframe, and that the 41-year-old quarterback realistically may need to be sidelined longer than that. Brees entered Sunday's win over the 49ers with at least one cracked rib, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, but due to a large hit in the second quarter he ended the game with five fractured ribs and a collapsed lung on the right side. Coach Sean Payton has declined to name either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill as the starter in Brees' stead, per Katherine Terrell of The Athletic, and it sounds like an official decision on New Orleans' replacement quarterback may not come until late in the week. The Saints reportedly are optimistic that Brees will be ready to retake the field without serious risk of re-injury in time for the playoffs.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Diagnosed with collapsed lung

    Brees is nursing multiple fractured ribs and a collapsed lung on the right side, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Brees pulled himself out of Sunday's 27-13 win over the 49ers after taking a rough hit in the first half, resulting in his undergoing an MRI on Monday. Notably, Brees did manage to finish the first half and lead New Orleans' offense on two scoring drives. Per Schefter, the MRI results revealed that Brees is dealing with at least five fractured ribs (three left, two right), and that team doctors have specifically suggested the 41-year-old employ caution in recovering from his collapsed lung. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that Brees entered Sunday's game with at least one cracked rib. Rapoport also reports that the Saints aren't yet considering IR as an option, which would indicate that the team believes Brees could miss less than three games. In any case, Jameis Winston seems fated to start against the Falcons in Week 11.
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  • Saints' Drew Brees: Will need MRI

    Saints head coach Sean Payton said after Sunday's 27-13 win over the 49ers that Brees (ribs) will undergo an MRI, independent NFL reporter Josina Anderson reports. Brees took a big hit late in the first half, and while he stayed in the contest until halftime, Jameis Winston took over after that point. Brees also complained of back soreness when he tried to throw and has battled a right shoulder injury in recent weeks. The results of Brees' MRI should help determine his chances of dressing in Week 11 against Atlanta. Prior to exiting, Brees completed eight of 13 attempts for 76 yards and a touchdown.
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