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Reports: Drew Brees has torn ligament in thumb, will miss about 6 weeks

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been remarkably durable during his career with the team, missing only three games, one to injury, during his 13-plus seasons.

That’s about to change.

Via reports from ESPN and NFL Network, the Pro Bowler has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in the thumb of his throwing hand and will undergo surgery.

The current timeline for his return is 6 weeks.

Brees left Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams with 6:44 left in the first quarter; he was injured on a pass play, when his hand met that of Rams’ All-Pro Aaron Donald on follow-through.

Brees left the game immediately, and was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater.

The 40-year-old quarterback told media after the game that he was concerned and would remain in Los Angeles to see a hand specialist.

6 PHOTOSDrew Brees suffers thumb injurySee GalleryDrew Brees suffers thumb injuryLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 15:Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints injures his throwing hand as he is hit by Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter in the gameat Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 15:Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints injures his throwing hand as he is hit by Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter in the gameat Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)September 15, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches game action against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY SportsSeptember 15, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches game action against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY SportsNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees watches from the sidelines after getting hurt during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leaves the field after their loss against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. Brees left the game after being hurt in the first half. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Up Next

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A second ESPN report said Brees knew last night that he would need surgery, he was just deciding who would do the surgery and when.

The Saints play at Seattle on Sunday, and coach Sean Payton now must prepare Bridgewater to face the Seahawks on their home turf, one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL.

While Bridgewater is experienced, he did not play particularly well against the Rams, completing 17-of-30 passes for 165 yards; New Orleans did not score a touchdown in the 27-9 loss.

Bridgewater started the Saints’ regular-season finale last year, completing 63.6 percent of his passes with one touchdown and one interception in a loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Assuming he starts all of New Orleans’ games during Brees’ absence, it will be the first time since 2015, when he was the Minnesota Vikings’ Pro Bowl starter, that Bridgewater will start multiple games.

The 2014 first-round pick suffered a horrific knee injury just days before the 2016 opener, and the recovery was lengthy. The doctor who operated on Bridgewater said it was “horribly grotesque” inside Bridgewater’s knee when he cut it open.

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