Drew Brees appears set to make his return to action for the New Orleans Saints after a four-week layoff.
According to multiple reports, doctors on Friday cleared Brees for game action, and the Saints plan to start the 20-year veteran Sunday at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 41-year-old exited a Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers and was diagnosed with 11 fractured ribs and a punctured lung. Brees returned to practice this week and remained under evaluation.
Taysom Hill, who went 3-1 in place of Brees, is expected to return to his prior role as a utility player, lining up at wide receiver, tight end, H-back and quarterback depending on the package.
Sunday’s meeting with the Chiefs at the Superdome is a crucial matchup. Not only is it a potential Super Bowl preview, but New Orleans aims to rebound from last week’s loss to Philadelphia, which knocked the Saints out of first place in the NFC. Green Bay (also 10-3) holds the tie-breaker based on head-to-head win percentage.
QB Drew Brees appears set to return on Sunday. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)
New Orleans faces Kansas City, Minnesota and Carolina to close out the regular season and would like to overtake the Packers to secure home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Packers play the Panthers, Titans and Bears to conclude the regular season.
Brees this season ranks third in the NFL in passer rating (110.0) and has 18 touchdown passes and three interceptions while averaging 244 passing yards per game.
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