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Drew Brees Pushing Hard to Return Week 8 But Saints Cautiously Aiming for Post-Bye

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 29: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints works out prior to the start of a NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on September 29, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hasn't been able to suit up since Week 2, when he left a game against the Los Angeles Rams after his throwing hand collided with the helmet of a blitzing Aaron Donald.

While Teddy Bridgewater has done an exceptional job filling in for Brees, the future Hall of Famer is still trying to work his way back under center. While Brees is trying to return for a Week 8 matchup against Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, the team wants him to use the bye week to get healthy before returning against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10.

Without Brees in the lineup, the Bridgewater-led Saints have gone 3-0. Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bridgewater had his best game as a pro, throwing for 314 yards and tossing four touchdown passes. Bridgewater became the first non-Brees New Orleans quarterback to throw four touchdown since Aaron Brooks in 2003.

Brees is certainly not the type of quarterback that will end up being Wally Pipp'd by Bridgewater, but New Orleans has the luxury of being able to let him get back to 110 percent while Bridgewater handles QB1 duties in the interim.