Drew Brees will reportedly be the Saints starting quarterback against the Chiefs in Week 15.
After a week of back and forth rumors that largely pointed toward Drew Brees missing another week (or more) due to injury, it turns out the future Hall of Fame quarterback will take the field as the starting signal caller for the New Orleans Saints as they host the visiting Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Brees has been medically cleared to play on Sunday, which means a showdown of two NFL icons in Brees versus Patrick Mahomes will provide the sort of entertainment hoped for when the game was first revealed on the schedule before the 2020 season began.
It was only one month ago that Brees first went down with multiple rib fractures and a punctured lung, forcing the Saints to place him on injured reserve. From there, the Saints turned to Taysom Hill under center and still went 3-1 in that span, which set up the tension for this week’s “will he or won’t be?” question that has dominated the talking points surrounding this game.
The Chiefs and Saints are both fighting for the top seed in their respective conferences, with K.C. in the driver’s seat over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Saints jostling with the Green Bay Packers. The top seed comes with the lone first round bye available for each conference, which makes it vital for postseason positioning. Perhaps if that were not at stake and the top two seeds could earn the extra week off, Brees would have rested for another week.
On the season, Brees has 18 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions in what could be his final NFL season. It will be interesting to see how he responds coming back so soon from rib injuries, but if he’s “fully healthy” then this Sunday could be the offensive exhibition we were all hoping to see.