METAIRIE, La. – ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that a MRI of Brees’ shoulder shows a bruise of the rotator cuff and not a tear. Mortensen said renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews will take a look at the MRI for a second opinion.
There was no word on whether or not Brees would miss significant time with the injury, but it does appear that the team has dodged a worst-case scenario.
Brees was hit several times by Tampa Bay’s defense, which tore holes through the Saints offensive line in the first half.
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.
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.