New Orleans Saints close to seeing Brees back on the field
The quarterback is counting the days to his return
Drew Brees is recovering nicely after surgery. The first-string quarterback of the New Orleans Saints has been going through physical therapy after tearing ligaments in the thumb of his throwing hand and has been seen tossing a football around from time to time in light practices. The ball wasn’t a regulation ball, but Brees says he’s getting close to being able to use a real one and is anxious to get back into the game. For the time being, Teddy Bridgewater will have to continue to work on extending the team’s winning streak.
Brees was WWL Radio recently when the topic turned to his hand, as it has on so many occasions lately. He stated, “I’m gonna have to play with a splint. That’s doctor’s orders,” he said, going on to explain how he will be able to play with the splint. The splint just basically goes on the outside of the thumb. I’m gonna have to tape it on there. It protects the joint to a degree because it does take a while for that ligament to actually heal. So basically while it’s healing, it has that internal brace which was sewed… back into my thumb along with the ligament. And then I’ve got this splint that sits on the outside of my thumb that I have to tape on that’s supposed to provide a little bit of protection as well.”
The injury happened when the Saints met the LA Rams in Week 2 for what should have been a rematch from last season. It was then that refs did a pitiful job calling the game, costing the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. In similar fashion this season, the refs once again dropped the ball and the Rams went on to win the game. Adding insult to injury (or injury to injury), Brees slammed his hand into an opponent’s helmet and was forced out of the game.
Brees added during the interview, “I’m extremely proud. I’ve had a chance to sit back [and watch] from a different perspective than I’ve ever been in and really watch the team grow and be strengthened from within.”