New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will undergo an MRI exam and an X-ray on his injured ribs after he was unable to finish Sunday’s 27-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Sean Payton said.
Brees, 41, did not play in the second half after he absorbed a big hit before halftime from San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Kentavius Street. Jameis Winston replaced Brees at quarterback to start the second half, and the Saints pulled away for a 27-13 win.
“I was not going to be able to be effective (in the second half),” Brees said after the game. “It had nothing to do with pain. It was definitely just what my body was going to be able to do or not be able to do.”
Street drew a penalty for roughing the passer on the hit that injured Brees. The Saints sent in Taysom Hill at quarterback with Brees lining up wide on the next play, and Hill stayed in for the next play as Brees headed to the sideline.
Brees wasn’t the only injury to watch for the Saints.
Receiver Tre’Quan Smith left the game with a possible concussion after taking a hard hit to his head late in the second quarter. Tight end Josh Hill also left the game with a concussion.
Defensively, the Saints lost two players in the third quarter. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore left with an oblique injury and defensive tackle Malcom Brown hurt his calf. Both were questionable to return but neither did.
Already crippled by injuries to their backfield, the 49ers lost rookie running back JaMycal Hasty to a broken collarbone after a tackle on a swing pass in the fourth quarter, while fellow back Jerick McKinnon suffered a stinger late in the game.
Niners safeties Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring) and Jared Mayden (quadriceps) were also forced out of the game.
–Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater departed their 46-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a right knee injury, but the severity wasn’t immediately known.
Bridgewater was hurt when he was sacked by Jason Pierre-Paul in the fourth quarter. He limped to the sideline with 5:10 remaining and soon headed to the locker room with team trainers.
“He got up and walked off,” Carolina coach Matt Rhule said after the 46-23 setback. “When it comes to knees and stuff like that, I don’t know. I haven’t had a chance to see him. I have no idea (of the severity).”
Bridgewater didn’t meet with reporters after the game. He completed 18 of 24 passes for 136 yards, two touchdowns and one interception before exiting.
–Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth suffered a torn MCL during their 23-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks and is headed to Injured Reserve, according to NFL.com.
Whitworth, who was carted off because of the left knee injury, also reportedly sustained damage to his PCL, although his ACL is intact.
The 38-year-old is in his 15th NFL season, the first 11 of which he spent with the Cincinnati Bengals before joining the Rams in 2017. The LSU alum has been selected to four Pro Bowls and is a two-time All-Pro. He has started 220 of 224 career games.
The Rams’ injury woes continued later in the game as kicker Kai Forbath was listed as questionable to return because of an ankle injury. The announcement came after Forbath missed an extra-point attempt with 6:22 left in the third quarter.
Rams safety Taylor Rapp also may have suffered an MCL sprain. He will have an MRI.
–Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said cornerback Neiko Thorpe re-injured his groin. He had missed the past six games due to a sports hernia.
Seahawks running back Travis Homer hurt his hand during the loss to the Rams.
–Quarterback Matthew Stafford will undergo X-rays on his thumb after injuring it during the Detroit Lions’ 30-27 win over the Washington Football Team.
Stafford had his thumb taped early in the game but still completed 24 of 33 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns.
Washington offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas and safety Deshazor Everett both exited the loss to the Lions with ankle injuries.
–Green Bay Packers running back Tyler Ervin hurt his ribs in the second quarter of the team’s 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was injured at the end of a 3-yard catch in the second quarter. The 27-year-old was ruled out to start the second half.
–Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson suffered a shoulder injury during their loss to the Packers, while running back Chris Thompson left to be evaluated for a concussion.
–Las Vegas Raiders running back Jalen Richard hurt his chest in the first half of the team’s 37-12 victory over the Denver Broncos. Postgame X-rays were negative.
–Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters went down with a knee injury and was carted off in the first half of the team’s 32-30 last-second win over the Buffalo Bills.
Cardinals tight end Darrell Daniels suffered an ankle injury and was carted to the locker room. Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell also left the game after injuring his calf in the third quarter.
–Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams departed their 23-17 loss to the New England Patriots due to an ankle injury in the second quarter. He did not return.
Also, Baltimore cornerback Terrell Bonds sustained a knee injury early in the third quarter and was carted off the field. Tight end Nick Boyle was also carted off with a left knee injury with 6:14 left in the third quarter.
–Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander suffered a concussion in the team’s 36-10 loss to the Steelers. He will enter the league’s five-step concussion protocol.
–Field Level Media