Injured New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is progressing well, but said medics found several more broken ribs on Saturday night.
Initial reports on Monday said Brees had suffered five rib fractures, but he told ESPN on Saturday that further X-rays and CT scans revealed a total of 11 rib fractures – eight on his left side and three on his right.
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Brees was unable to finish last week’s game against the 49ers after taking a heavy blow in an attempted sack by San Francisco 287-pound defensive tackle Kentavius Street, who took been penalized for abusing the game.
The quarterback was placed on the injured reserve list on Friday, which means he would miss at least three games – starting with Game of Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons.
But Brees thinks not all of his injuries are from Street’s tackle.
The 2009 Super Bowl champion told ESPN that all of the fractures on his left side were likely sustained in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game two weeks ago, but were only visible on his new scans after the swelling subsided. .
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The hope is that Brees will be able to return in Week 14. In the meantime, head coach Sean Payton named Taysom Hill the starter against the Falcons on Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.