Report: Saints concerned Brees may miss several games

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METAIRIE, La. (WWL) – The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that sources tell him that the Saints believe quarterback Drew Brees has a shoulder injury that will likely cause him to miss, potentially several games.

As if the Saints didn’t have enough things to worry about, the club is now waiting to see whether quarterback Drew Brees will be hindered or worse after he took several hits, including one, which seemed to affect his ability to throw downfield as the game progressed.

After the game, Brees said that he might have been affected “on a few throws… Everybody’s dealing with something, so you bounce back.”

Head coach Sean Payton said Monday it was too early to tell if Brees would be able to play against Carolina this weekend. He said Brees would be re-evaluated later in the week.

There’s rampant speculation Brees tore his rotator cuff in Sunday’s 26-19 loss to Tampa Bay. However, at this point those rumors are unsubstantiated. Brees was present during Monday’s open locker room session and showed no visible signs of an injury. Still, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s healthy.  The team is required to file its first injury report of the week on Wednesday.

On Monday, Payton, who said Sunday that he didn’t have a real good angle to see the hit administered to Brees, said coaches up in the box said Brees was “shaking his arm and looked to be in pain.”

Payton said that having seen the hit in question, “The one specific hit that he took, it certainly hindered him.”

Brees had a difficult time with throws down the field, but still managed to get the team in position to pull out the win until a late missed field goal and blocked extra point kept it from getting tied at 23.

In two games, Brees is 54 of 86 for 610 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 82.

WWL-TV sports reporter Lyons Yellin contributed to this report.

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