Drew Brees flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, to have his foot injury evaluated by Dr. Robert Anderson, a source close to Brees told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder. Anderson recommended the Peyton Manning plan of 4-6 weeks of rest for the New Orleans Saints quarterback before easing into football and training activity.
Brees will not need surgery for the foot -- or for the shoulder injury he suffered earlier in the season.
However, the recovery timetable would seem to jeopardize Brees' chances of accepting a 10th Pro Bowl invitation if he is invited as an alternate.
Brees continued to play the final three games of the season after he tore the plantar fascia in his right heel during a Week 15 loss to the Detroit Lions. And he actually played some of his best football of the entire season -- throwing seven touchdown passes without an interception over the final 10 quarters of the season.
The Saints (7-9) won their final two games, and Brees once again led the NFL with 4,870 passing yards despite missing a game with the shoulder injury in Week 3.
As I posted earlier, Brees, who turns 37 this month, said Monday that his body’s ability to recover was the thing he felt best about this season.
“I’ve said it many times, I feel like there’s nothing I can’t do now that I couldn’t do 10, 15 years ago. And that includes my recovery,” said Brees, who also said he would “absolutely” be amenable if the Saints approached him about a contract extension with one year left on his current deal.
“I’ve said it before, as long as I’m having fun, can stay healthy, play at a high level ... you know, you’re gonna battle through these things throughout your career, [but] I’m gonna play as long as I can,” Brees said.