Drew Brees Injured With 5 Fractured Ribs

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has suffered an injury including “multiple ribs fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side,” according to ESPN’s Ed Werder. The injuries were reportedly suffered over the course of two weeks, and could potentially bench Brees for a period of time. Brees’ recovery and out-of-play time however, is currently unknown.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Brees’ multiple-injury incident first began when he played against the 49ers in Week 10 with a cracked rib. After sustaining several hits during the game, the quarterback was left with multiple broken ribs and a lung issue. He left Sunday’s game at the beginning of the second half due to his injury, which had initially been ruled as a rib contusion before MRI results showed just how bad it was. In addition to his recent injuries Brees has also been fighting an injury to his throwing shoulder, which was already limiting his practice time these past few weeks. 

If Brees ends up on IR, he’ll be unable to play for at least three weeks however, the Saints are hopeful their quarterback will be returning in a shorter amount of time.