Drew Brees leaves after his thumb gets hit, Teddy Bridgewater goes in for Saints

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been an iron man in his career, but he had to come out of Sunday’s game after a fluky injury to his hand.

Brees was following through on a pass as Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald rushed him. Donald tried to knock the pass down, and Brees’ hand hit Donald’s hand. He went to the sideline, got his thumb taped up, and when the Saints got the ball back Brees was out of the game. Teddy Bridgewater took his place, but couldn’t get much going in a 27-9 loss. Brees didn’t return to the game.

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Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates after a touchdown during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with teammates after setting the NFL record for passing yardage during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with his family after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time NFL passing yards record during the game against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker holds the ball thrown by Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints to take the all time yardage record at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) acknowledges the crowd after setting the all-time NFL passing yardage mark against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker holds the ball thrown by Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints to take the all time yardage record at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints is introduced prior to playing the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to throw in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) signs a jersey for a fan before a game against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws the ball during the first half against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts with Terron Armstead #72 of the New Orleans Saints after breaking Peyton Manning's record for All-Time Passing Yards during a game against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo By Sean Gardner)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with his family after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time NFL passing yards record during the game against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints receives the ball from Referee Charl Cheffers after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time passing yards record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Saints invested in Bridgewater as one of the league’s most valuable backups, but New Orleans hoped it wouldn’t have to use him. We don’t know yet if Bridgewater will start next week, or after that. Saints coach Sean Payton said the team will run tests and have an update in two days.

Brees didn’t offer much more information but said he has never had that much trouble gripping the ball. He will stay in Los Angeles to see a specialist, he said.

Brees has missed only one game in his Saints career due to injury, and that came in 2015. He has sat a couple other games when the Saints had their playoff spot locked up by Week 17, but mostly he has been incredibly durable. That’s ironic because his health was a huge question after he injured his shoulder in the final game of his Chargers career and then signed with the Saints as a free agent.

Bridgewater has experience. He is a former first-round pick of the Vikings and led that team to an NFC North title. His career got sidetracked by a devastating knee injury in practice, but he came back to play well for the Jets in the 2018 preseason. The Saints traded for Bridgewater before last season, then gave him a one-year, $7.25 million deal when he was a free agent this past offseason.

Bridgewater didn’t play well on short notice. He went 17-of-30 for 165 yards and the Saints didn’t score a touchdown.

For the time being, Saints fans will be hoping for the best on the tests for Brees’ thumb.

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