Despite holding onto hope he could suit up against the Carolina Panthers this week, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has officially been ruled out for week three. Brees suffered a shoulder injury in week two and struggled throughout the rest of the home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Initial reports suggested he may have sustained a serious injury, but Brees and head coach Sean Payton downplayed speculation and suggested the star quarterback was still in the running to start at Carolina.
Brees is for sure hitting the sidelines this week, which could mean his shoulder injury is a little more serious than originally thought. Brees will miss his first game since 2003, before he was with the Saints. It’s a troubling development, but a week off could end up being all Brees needs. Backup Luke McCown will get the start and may now get his Verizon spokesperson title revoked.
This isn’t completely unexpected news considering Brees was hurt only a week ago, but it’s somewhat surprising such a durable player really is hurt enough to miss such a big game. The uninspiring McCown is now thrust into action, giving the NFL two McCown’s starting this week. Yikes. It’s about as bad as it sounds, as the Saints weren’t an especially fantasy-friendly unit this week, even with a healthy Brees under center. McCown’s presence may give Mark Ingram a boost as the Saints are surely going to try to run the ball, but all other Saints have to be off limits in daily fantasy football leagues. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks can still be used in season long leagues if you don’t have another option, but paying for him in DFS leagues isn’t suggested.