The New Orleans Saints were forced to start backup quarterback Luke McCown yesterday afternoon against the division rival Carolina Panthers on the road due to a shoulder injury that star quarterback Drew Brees is dealing with.
It was disappointing that Brees couldn’t play and it was actually the first time that he has missed a game with an injury since signing with the Saints. There is now a question surrounding whether or not he will be able to play in Week 4 against a Dallas Cowboys’ team that will be without their starting quarterback, Tony Romo.
Brees said that he plans and expects to play in Week 4, but that if he can’t the team is in good hands with McCown.
“I don’t know my situation this week. I’m day to day. I plan to and expect to start on Sunday but if I don’t we’re in good hands with Luke (McCown),” Brees said. “It’s what I can do with my arm. It’s not about pain. It’s about strength, it’s about mobility, it’s about functionality. Can I make the throws that I’m required to make within this offense for us to be successful? If I am, I play. If not, then Luke plays.”
Brees played in the first two weeks of the season and once again showed that he is still a star in the NFL. He completed 62.8 percent of his passing attempts for 610 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Those numbers aren’t exactly what fans and the media have become accustomed to from Brees, but they were still solid stats with what Brees has to work with.
New Orleans is currently 0-3 on the season and can’t afford to go 0-4. If they are unable to knock off the Cowboys this week, they are practically done for the season as far as the playoffs are concerned.
That being said, if Brees is able to play they should be able to compete for a win.
Brandon Weeden wasn’t terrible for Dallas this past week and the Cowboys established their running game, but the Saints would still have a better all-around team if they played up to their full potential with Brees under center.
Don’t be surprised if Brees does end up suiting up next week and giving it a go and don’t be surprised if the Saints get their first win of the season.
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