Saints QB Drew Brees has multiple fractured ribs, collapsed lung, per report

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees suffered multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung during Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN's Ed Werder reported Monday.

Brees suffered two fractured ribs on his right side on Sunday and sustained three others on his left side in the previous week's win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Werder reported.

It remains unclear how much time Brees might miss.

Brees, 41, did not return after halftime in the Saints' 27-13 victory. In the second quarter, he took a big hit from 49ers defensive tackle Kentavius Street, who was flagged for a personal foul on the play.

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Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints reacts following a touchdown during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: Chris Graythen, Getty Images)

The veteran quarterback missed two plays before re-entering the game, but he felt he could not play from the third quarter on.

“When I came out in the second half and started throwing the ball (to warm up), it became really apparent that I wasn’t going to be effective,” Brees said. “I’m not sure what tomorrow holds, but you can know I’m going to do everything I can to be as effective as I possibly can for next week.”

Jameis Winston replaced Brees at quarterback for the remainder of Sunday's game. Taysom Hill could also take over at the position. Saints coach Sean Payton said he would not name a starter until later in the week.

The Saints host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

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