Drew Brees Injury: Updates on Saints Star's Leg

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 16, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:   Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints stretches before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Uh oh, New Orleans Saints fans. 

As if the season hadn't already gotten off to a bad enough start, it appears that Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees may not be 100 percent after taking a hit from the Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy. 

CBS Sports' NFL Twitter account gives us the news:

Drew Brees is hurt. Chase Daniel is warming up. Brees' legs buckled when being tackled by Greg Hardy.

— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) Sept. 16, 2012

Fortunately for the entire state of Louisiana, The Times-Picayune's Larry Holder comes back with a much more encouraging development:

Brees is now looking at pictures on the bench with Chase Daniel like he does after every drive. Probably a good sign.

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) Sept. 16, 2012

Finally, ESPN's John Clayton, just moments later, gives us the news that everyone was hoping to hear:

Brees back at quarterback for the Saints.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) Sept. 16, 2012

Crisis averted.

This is the type of thing the New Orleans Saints just can't afford. 

After a less-than-ideal offseason and an opening-week upset at the hands of the Washington Redskins, the Saints currently trail Cam Newton and the Panthers by eight points at the start of the fourth quarter.

An 0-2 start and a big arrow pointing downwards is staring New Orleans straight in the face. 

Losing Brees, the engineer of this normally potent offense, would be the early nail in the 2012 coffin. Chase Daniel certainly has potential, but someone with eight career pass attempts in the NFL certainly wouldn't be the guy to turn around a struggling team. 

For now, however, Saints fans can breathe easy. 

Since coming back from the minor injury, Brees has completed 3-of-4 passes for 39 yards, leading an important scoring drive and looking like the quarterback we've become accustomed to in the process.

For the game, Brees is currently 21-of-32 for 218 yards, a touchdown and an interception. 

We'll keep you updated on his injury as more becomes known.