It's been just over two weeks since New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees underwent surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb, and the NFL veteran is already back to throwing and catching footballs.
Brees suffered the tear when he took a hit to his throwing hand during Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams. The initial timeline from the Saints predicted the 40-year-old signal-caller would be sidelined for at least six weeks.
Now, as active members of the league wrap up Week 5, Brees is taking steps to rejoin his teammates.
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The star quarterback posted several videos to Instagram on Sunday showing him tossing footballs roughly three to four weeks ahead of his anticipated return to the field:
The Saints have actually fared well without Brees. Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, with Taysom Hill behind him, has led the team to three straight wins since Brees went down. New Orleans currently sits atop the NFL South with a record of 4-1.
Whether they're in desperate need of a quarterback or not, Brees believes he can "beat" the return timetable of six to eight weeks set after his injury. And if these videos are any indication, he's well on his way.