Drew Brees gives best attempt at a thumbs up after hand surgery

Drew Brees is staying positive after suffering a thumb injury that will sideline him for a significant chunk of the NFL season. 

The New Orleans Saints quarterback took to Instagram on Thursday to give his best attempt at a thumbs up after undergoing what he called a "successful" surgery on a torn ligament in his throwing hand

The 40-year-old suffered the injury in Week 2 when the Saints took on the Los Angeles Rams in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship game. 

While New Orleans hasn't released an official timetable for Brees's return, head coach Sean Payton said the team would not be putting the veteran quarterback on injured reserve, which would require him to miss eight weeks

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Backup quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater, who took over in Week 2, and Taysom Hill are expected to split time during Brees's absence. 

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints injures his throwing hand as he is hit by Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter in the gameat Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints injures his throwing hand as he is hit by Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter in the gameat Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
September 15, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches game action against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
September 15, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches game action against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees watches from the sidelines after getting hurt during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leaves the field after their loss against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. Brees left the game after being hurt in the first half. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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