New Orleans Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees suffered an injury to his ribs after taking a big hit from San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Kentavius Street and he was replaced by Jameis Winston after being unable to play in the second half.
Brees, a 13-time Pro Bowl quarterback, sustained the injury in the first half, and when he came out to the court for the second half, he felt extremely uncomfortable throwing the ball and Saints coach Sean Payton gave a chance to Winston.
Brees has been battling a shoulder injury for weeks and, after sustaining a rib injury, he is set to undergo further testing and his status for Week 11 is questionable. "I'm just taking it one day at a time. I've done that this entire season.
And I'll continue to do that. I'm not sure what tomorrow holds," Brees said, per ESPN. "But you can know I'm gonna do everything I can to be as effective as I possibly can come next week. "I mean, nothing's a long-term thing.
It's just a matter of how long it's gonna be. And honestly, I really don't know. It's not something, quite to this extent, that I've experienced."
Brees felt he couldn't do his job
"So when I came out in the second half and started throwing the ball, it became really apparent that I wasn't gonna be effective," Brees said.
"I can't really describe it other than it was preventing me from doing my job. "I was not gonna be able to be effective. It had nothing to do with pain. It was definitely just what my body was gonna be able to do or not be able to do."
Winston, a former No. 1 overall pick, spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before the joined the Saints this offseason. Winston completed 6-of-10 passes for 63 yards, and more importantly, helped the Saints beat the 49ers 27-13 and improve to 7-2 record.
"I was very comfortable," Winston said. "I was excited that I had a marvelous opportunity. And I just knew that my main job was to go in there and do what Drew would do -- just protect the football and try to lead us down there and score." This Sunday, the Saints will be aiming to clinch their eighth win of the season when they host the Atlanta Falcons.