The New Orleans Saints plan to start quarterback Drew Brees against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Drew Brees will be the Saints’ starting QB Sunday vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, source tells ESPN. Saints believe he is fully healthy and doctors have cleared him to play.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 18, 2020
Brees had missed the Saints’ last four games due to suffering 11 broken ribs and a collapsed lung in New Orleans’ Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers. But the Saints designated him to return on Wednesday, and he looked to be moving well in video out of New Orleans.
Drew Brees is back! ... well, at practice anyway.— SaintsNOW (@SaintsNOW) December 17, 2020
Here's a quick look at the Saints QB working with #Saints teammates today. He came off IR this week following the 11 cracked ribs & collapsed lung discovered after Week 10.
It's unknown if he'll play against the Chiefs this week pic.twitter.com/eZNvf9o7BL
“He’a a great player,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of Brees on Friday. “I figured he would [play] — I read somewhere that Taysom (Hill) was in the special teams meetings, so I figured that Drew was probably healthy and ready to go. We’ve got a ton of respect for both guys, but Drew is a future Hall of Famer and well deserving. He’s tremendous for this league, he’s tremendous for the position and I look forward to the challenge of playing against him.
“I’ve been there before with him, and he’s a heck of a player. I had him in a couple Pro Bowls, so I’ve gotten to coach him firsthand, and he’s a great player. Great attitude.”
It is difficult to believe Brees will be 100%, but the NFL gets the coveted Brees-Patrick Mahomes matchup it was looking for — and it should be a good one.