- saints and los angeles rams...- all the focus was on the black- and gold... and whether or not- they could exact their- revenge...- from last year's n-f-c- championship game no-call.- but following what turned out t- be 27-9 loss... that pre-game - narrative... now feels in-- consequential.- according to the n-f-l- network... saints quarterback - drew brees is expected to - undergo surgery... to - repair a torn ligament, in his- right thumb... putting him on - the shelf, for up to six weeks.- the n-f-l's all-time leading- passer sustained the injury,- during the first quarter of - yesterday's game... on this - play... where his throwing hand- hits the hand... of rams- defensive tackle aaron donald.- brees spent the remainder of th- game with his thumb taped up, - on the sideline... and will now- be forced to miss his first - start,- since week 3 of the 20-15 - season... the only one he's - ever missed... throughout the - duration of his illustrious 19-- year career... and even college- - - - - "it's very difficult.
It's very difficult not to be - playing.
I'm not used to that,- don't want to get used to that.- you're hitting your - hands on stuff all the time,- right?
Helmets and different- things and you might get- jammed thumbs, jammed fingers.- different things where it swell- up and what - - - - have you.
But this felt like it- was something a bit more- significant, preventing me from- gripping the ball."
Per the initial report... the - 40- year-old brees is still - deciding- who will perform the surgery...- and when.
- - in the meantime... it will be u- to the league's highest-paid- back-up q-b in teddy- bridgewater, to carry the - load... - fresh off his one-year... 7.25-- million dollar deal... during - the - off-season.
- bridgewater already got his fee- wet, on sunday... going - 17-30, in place of brees... for- 165 yards.- it was just the third time sinc- head coach sean payton arrived,- in 2006... that his team failed- to score a touchdown.
- but he says that has less to do- with the man under center...- and more to do... with the ugly- truth, on film.
- - "teddy came in ready to go.
The guys- around him, particularly the- penalties that we faced all of - sudden -- 1st & 20 - i thought he was - ready to play.
And look, he's a- pro.
He knows how to win.
- - - - he knows how to win in this - league.
So i don't think we - played particularly well- - - - around him.
And i think when we- watch that tape tomorrow, it's- not going to be - pleasant for some guys."
"drew always tells me just take completions.- completions are good.
So when - you're going into a game in a - situation like that,- you're just trying to get in- rhythm and just play fast and - - - - not think too much."
The saints continue their west- coast road trip, in week 3... -