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Saints Taking Cautious Approach With Drew Brees' Injury

Max Staley
The New Orleans Saints are taking a cautious approach with Drew Brees' injury.
The New Orleans Saints are taking a cautious approach with Drew Brees' injury. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images
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New Orleans Saints' quarterback Taysom Hill has done an excellent job since taking over as the team's starter. But he's not Drew Brees. If New Orleans wants to make any real noise in the postseason, the organization knows Brees will have to be at the helm.

And the team's management of his ribs injury is proof of that. Despite facing the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15, the Saints are reportedly not going to rush the future Hall-of-Fame QB back into the lineup.

This is the right decision. Hill has led New Orleans to a 3-0 record across his three starts, proving he's good enough to keep this insanely talented roster in contention for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Rushing Brees back could boost the Saints' chances of securing that crucial top seed, but returning too soon carries the risk of him re-aggravating that injury.

Keeping Brees on the shelf until he's fully healthy is the right call for a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations – even if it hurts the Saints' chances at the No. 1 seed. It's also a luxury most other contenders couldn't afford, and it's smart for Sean Payton to take advantage of that.

New Orleans currently boasts the second-best odds to win the Super Bowl, per FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL futures. Those odds should only improve as Brees nears his return.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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