METAIRIE, La. – 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 against Tampa, including one particular hit, after which his throws seemed to have less mustard on them.
Monday, head coach Sean Payton said 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. The first injury report the team is required to file will be Wednesday.
After the game, Brees said that he might have been affected “on a few throws… Everybody’s dealing with something, so you bounce back.”
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 and two picks. His quarterback rating is 82.