We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
The victory over the San Francisco 49ers was not without loss as quarterback Drew Brees exited the contest and never returned. He took a hard sack late in the first half and did not come back in the game after halftime, saying he “did not feel right.” Star beat reporter Jeff Duncan had this to say after the game and post-game press conference, “I've read Drew Brees' body language and speech inflection for 15 years, and I don't recall him ever sounding like this. The concern was evident in his tone and demeanor. It speaks to his leadership & professionalism that he took the time to address the media after being injured.” Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday morning, “#Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a rib contusion in yesterday’s game, and he’ll have an MRI for cartilage damage today. But sources tell me and @TomPelissero that New Orleans is bracing for Brees to miss some time to fully heal.” Monday afternoon, Adam Schefter tweeted an unexpected level of concern, “Saints’ QB Drew Brees has multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side, per @WerderEdESPN.” Dan Graziano offered a timeline, “Source on Brees says the most optimistic recovery time would be 2-3 weeks. Emphasis on ‘optimistic.’ Will depend on healing time, which varies by patient, and when they're convinced he can take a hit without risk of serious re-injury. There is hope he's back in time for playoffs.” The Saints need Brees back for the home stretch. Thankfully, New Orleans has the Atlanta Falcons twice plus a road game in Denver as the next three games. There has been no timetable established for Brees’ absence. Jameis Winston replaced Brees and played well. Playing in the New Orleans system – and under the tutelage of coach Sean Payton – did wonders for Teddy Bridgewater’s career. Could it do the same for Winston?
Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock has not played well this season, and the game against the Las Vegas Raiders was among his worst. Beat reporter Zac Stevens had a telling statistic Sunday night, Drew Lock has played in 24 full quarters this year. "In 4th quarters against the Chargers and Falcons, he has 5 passing touchdowns. In the other 22 quarters, he has 2 total passing touchdowns...” Wow, that is crazy. The team must be looking at other alternatives for 2021. Another local voice, Andrew Mason, tweeted, “Drew Lock has a 66.5 passer rating so far this season. Here are the QBs since 2000 who had a passer rating below 70.0 in their second pro season (minimum 200 attempts): Brodie Croyle, David Carr, John Skelton, Cade McNown, J.P. Losman, Joey Harrington, Kellen Clemens, Akili Smith.” This is not good company. Given his (especially) poor play Sunday, it led many to wonder if Lock was injured. Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) tweeted Monday morning, “Drew Lock was dealing with oblique/abdomen muscle yesterday I’m told. It’s about performance and Lock didn’t have it but he showed guts by trying to fight thru physical discomfort. #9sports.” In Superflex leagues, we advise rostering Brett Rypien as Lock’s injury may either sideline him or give the coaches a great excuse to bench the starter and let the youngster play.