By Alex Bozek
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees left the week game against the Seattle Seahawks in pain. He has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right thumb, his throwing hand. The Saints have started out the season 2-1 and are known for their deadly offense. Bees threw for over 400 yards in the first two games and the Saints were looking at another possible Super Bowl run.
Brees, now 40, has only missed a total of two games since he was brought to New Orleans back in 2006. He has been a one-time All-Pro player, a twelve-time Pro bowler and a Super Bowl MVP in 2010 when the Saints won their first Super Bowl as a franchise. He has been a true staple of New Orleans sports.
Brees believes that he can come back to the gridiron before their Week 10 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Luckily, they have their bye week just a week before, but there are no guarantees he will recover fast enough.
Louisville quarterback Tedd Bridgewater will take over under center for the Saints until then. Drafted in 2014 by the Minnesota Vikings, Bridgewater played 20 games through his first three seasons in the NFL, with one playoff start coming in 2015.
He was a standout in college, but has been known as a quality backup in recent seasons. He started for Minnesota in 2014 and 2015, but has played only eight games since.
Luckily for the Saints, they have superstar running back Alvin Kamara, who has already accumulated over 200 yards and has added a touchdown to that. He will be Bridgewater’s right hand man while Brees is out. He has been an NFL Pro Bowler the past two years and was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2017.
Off the field though, Brees is just as important. Now that he is coming into his nineteenth season, he has seen it all. He has been on the top and bottom. After being 13-2 last season, he has seen the potential of this team.
The Saints were a legitimate Super Bowl contender coming into this year, and the loss of their captain will have a substantial effect on that. Look out for Bree’s return this season to try and take the Saints all the way to victory.