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Drew Brees throwing a regulation football in rehab

Saints QB Drew Brees continues his injury rehab from a torn thumb ligament injury

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints looks at his injured hand during the first half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints have won four straight games without quarterback Drew Brees, but they eagerly look forward to his return to action. Brees is making progress in his thumn injury rehab, recently telling WWL Radio that he has moved from throwing Nerf products to throwing regulation-sized footballs. Brees also said that the doctor is requiring he wear a splint on the outside of the thumb when he gets back to playing.

Brees tore a ligament in his thumb, so moving to a normal-sized football is a big deal in his rehab. It means he is starting to be able to get a firm grip on the ball, which is critical to his accuracy as a quarterback. It means he can get into more football activities, which could bode well for him getting back to practice sooner rather than later.

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Teddy Bridgewater has been up and down in place of Brees, and will return to the bench when the Saints’ franchise quarterback returns. Michael Thomas has not been impacted in Brees’ absence, but Ted Ginn and others could potentially benefit.

The Saints travel to Chicago this week and then host Arizona in Week 8. They have a bye in Week 9, so a Week 10 return likely makes the most sense based on this new information.