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Saints QB Drew Brees Undergoes Successful Surgery on Thumb Injury

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees revealed on Instagram that he underwent successful right thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament suffered against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Brees is expected to miss six weeks. That would force the signal-caller off the field until the Saints' Week 9 bye, with a return against the Atlanta Falcons at home looming on Nov. 10.

Head coach Sean Payton told reporters that Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill will both take snaps behind center in Brees' absence.

Brees suffered the torn ligament after his thumb made contact with pass-rushing Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald's outstretched hand upon releasing a throw:

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Saints QB Drew Brees has been removed from the game after he hit his throwing hand on the hand of Aaron Donald during a pass rush. Teddy Bridgewater is now in at QB. https://t.co/5qCmqUJEJd

Bridgewater took over on the team's next possession near the end of the first quarter. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 165 yards in the Saints' 27-9 loss.

New Orleans' slate over the next six weeks provides a few challenges, beginning with games against a pair of 2-0 teams in the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys. The Saints will travel to the Pacific Northwest before heading home for the Dallas game.

The Saints then have a home game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a road contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars before visiting the league's No. 3 scoring defense in the Chicago Bears. A home date with the Arizona Cardinals then awaits before the bye.

New Orleans has enough talent on both sides of the ball to stay afloat during Brees' absence, with running back Alvin Kamara and wideout Michael Thomas pacing the offense and cornerback Marshon Lattimore and defensive end Cameron Jordan doing the same on defense.

Replacing a quarterback who completed a league-leading 74.4 percent of his passes last year isn't a simple task, but Brees should rejoin the team for the entire second half of the season, which features five games against NFC South foes. The Saints are currently tied with the Bucs and Atlanta Falcons at 1-1 atop the division.