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Drew Brees is set to miss straight games for the second straight season after being placed on injury reserve by the New Orleans Saints on Friday Whether he misses the three-game minimum will be determined by the severity of his rib injuries, which turned out to be much more fractured than initial tests showed

Brees has 11 broken ribs instead of the five shown in the first test, eight on the left side and three on the right, according to ESPN’s Ed Werner Most people have 24 ribs, with 12 on each side of the body Brees also has a collapsed lung, but says doctors have been encouraged by his progress in lung function over the past few days

The Saints quarterback believes the rib injuries to his left side came in a Week 9 loss to the New Orleans Saints, while the right side injuries occurred in of Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers – when he told the Saints head coach Sean Payton couldn’t go due to injury Brees believes he may be ready to play as soon as he’s eligible to return from injured reserve – which would be Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles

“His knowledge of what we do offensively (and) his expertise – is invaluable,” Payton said of Brees Friday “He’s got big eyes and really good insight It’s obviously like having another coach And last year when that happened it wasn’t because he was doing scans And so I think maybe it was week 2 that he joined us, but yeah, that ‘is a big problem “

New Orleans chose to pitch Taysom Hill against Jameis Winston for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons Hill threw just 18 assists in his NFL career

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World news – US – Drew Brees has more rib fractures than original test showed, doctors say encouraged by progress