Monday Injury Rounds: Week 11

Reviewing the Week 10 injuries, follow up on recovering players, analysis on those returning from injured reserve, and projected Week 11 availability on all injured players

Inseason injury coverage

Footballguys will again provide comprehensive injury coverage during the regular season.

My writing and podcast schedule will include:

Monday Injury Rounds > Published as soon as complete Sunday night and updated through Tuesday morning, this feature will review all the major injuries from the weekend's games, provide follow up analysis on injured players who have yet to return to play, and project when every injured player will return.

Waiver Wire Podcast > Tuesday morning release reviewing all injuries at the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions with Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom heading into your weekly waiver run.

Midweek Injury Expectations > Published late Wednesday night after the first weekly practice participation report and updated through Thursday's practice report, this feature will detail the current practice participation of every listed player and project the likelihood each player will play in the coming week.

Thursday Live Audible podcast > Joining Cecil Lammey, Sigmund Bloom, and Matt Waldman at 9:00 ET every Thursday night for a comprehensive Q&A updating all player injuries.

Gameday Injury Expectations > Published Saturday, this feature will review the practice status of every injured player, provide analysis on player/coach/beat writer comments throughout the week, and discuss how likely and how effective each injured player will be on Sunday.

Sunday Live Gameday podcast > Joining Sigmund Bloom and Matt Waldman at 10:00 ET every Sunday morning to discuss and interpret the week's practice participation reports and breaking weekend injury news.


Injury Rounds

Drew Brees | Multiple rib fractures with collapsed lung | 2-3+ Weeks | Out Week 11

Brees was injured late in the first half and did not return. Driven into the ground by a defender and later seen pointing to the right side of his chest, Brees was ruled out with a rib injury. He told Sean Payton he could not run the offense in the second half.

While speaking with the media after the game, Brees was unsure of this week's status. Payton said the team planned x-rays and an MRI on Monday to learn more about the injury. Expect Brees to try to ready himself to play but this may prove a difficult injury to play through. The Saints have been stingy with injury information all season and aren't likely to provide much information on Brees' injury this week.

Monday Update: Brees remains under evaluation but multiple reporters are already suggesting he may take time off to allow his ribs and ailing shoulder to heal.

Monday Update: After imaging on Monday, Brees was diagnosed with three rib fractures on the left side of his chest -- which apparently occurred in Week 9 -- and two rib fractures on the right side of his chest. Brees was also found to have a collapse of his right lung.

These are significant injuries and Brees will miss multiple weeks as his chest recovers. Ian Rapoport reported that injured reserve is not currently being considered. That could easily change by the end of the week. There's no chance Brees would be cleared to play within seven days of a collapsed lung and only the slimmest of chances he'd be cleared to play within two weeks. The rib fractures to both sides of his chest wall are equally concerning. Those will take weeks to heal, significantly restrict his movement, and may put his lungs at continued risk for some time.

Dan Graziano reports 2-3 weeks to be Brees' most optimistic timetable -- and that's likely too optimistic. It won't be surprising to see the Saints use injured reserve regardless of Payton's comments today. It could easily be six weeks before Brees is cleared to play.

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