Drew Brees played like crap in the Saints’ loss at home to the Buccaneers on Sunday, completing 24-of-38 passes for just 255 yards. He was dinking-and-dunking his way through that game after taking a hit fairly early in the game. It was evident that he wasn’t physically right, and an MRI conducted after the game confirmed a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.
While it’s obviously good news that the injury isn’t more severe, his status for this coming Sunday’s game in Carolina is up in the air. However, Brees told the media on Wednesday that he still plans on being on the field (via ESPN’s Mike Triplett):
“I have every intention of playing, but I do have to take it day to day, and I have to be smart with this. So that’s what I’m doing,” said Brees
See? He did say it. He didn’t throw in the Saints’ practice Wednesday, and admitted that the concern for a possible re-injury is substantial, particularly when it comes to the throwing shoulder. He also said whether or not he plays Sunday will depend on “how effective” he can be.
Considering the Saints’ backup QB is television star Luke McCown, I’d bank on Brees being a superior option even if his right arm completely detached from his body. On the road against the Panthers is suboptimal situation for a struggling offense, so I’d strongly consider fading any and all Saints fantasy options regardless of whether Brees plays.