Jay Glazer says Drew Brees is “not 100 percent” as he prepares to face the Chiefs in Week 15.
The New Orleans Saints have gone to Taysom Hill for each of the last four games as their starting quarterback due to incumbent starter Drew Brees being out with 11 fractured ribs and a punctured lung. Despite the fact that FOX Sports reporter Jay Glazer is reporting he’s “not 100 percent” in Week 15, the Saints have decided to bring him back anyway in time to face the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Sunday afternoon matchup between the Saints and Chiefs is one of the single most anticipated games of the NFL season given that both teams have Super Bowl hopes. In fact, fans could be watching a preview of Super Bowl LV. That said, the Saints have already punched their postseason ticket yet trail the Green Bay Packers for the top seed, which guarantees a first-round bye. Perhaps it’s for that reason that Brees is pushing to play so much.
Per Glazer, Brees is the driving force at work in this decision. Glazer’s report came out on game day and he had this to say about the entire affair:
"“I talked to Drew yesterday and he said, ‘Look, I was able to throw without any issues this week.’ He felt he looked good. I know he pushed to play in this game. Sean Payton felt that he looked good as well. The interesting part of this also is that Drew Brees, because he got his ribs scanned three times already, he couldn’t go back and look at them again because it’s just too much radiation. So he doesn’t really know how healed up those ribs are. He can only go by how he feels. So I said, ‘Why are you doing this? Why are you playing in this game?’ He said, ‘Because this is when my team really needs me out there.'”"
Brees has been on injured reserve for the last month due to his fractured ribs, and Hill went 3-1 in his absence. However the team clearly misses Brees under center and his return will help to also overcome the loss of Michael Thomas, who was also placed on injured reserve on Saturday, ending his regular season. The hope for the Saints is to have everyone healthy by the time the NFL playoffs begin.
According to Glazer, Hill will be the only backup for Brees on Sunday if something happens since the team was also forced to place Jameis Winston on the COVID/reserve list.