Payton: Drew Brees to have surgery on right hand

Payton: Drew Brees to have surgery on right hand
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees watches from the sidelines after getting hurt during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. Brees has been diagnosed with a torn ligament near the thumb of his throwing hand that is expected to sideline him at least six weeks, said a person familiar with the situation. Brees has elected to have surgery, but it is not yet clear when the operation will take place or who will perform it, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SEATTLE (AP) — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says quarterback Drew Brees will undergo surgery on his injured right thumb Wednesday afternoon.

Payton said he has no timetable for Brees’ return, but said he has no immediate plans to put Brees on injured reserve. He declined to name a starter for the Saints game at the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Teddy Bridgewater entered last Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams after Brees injured a ligament near the thumb on his throwing hand while attempting a pass. Brees was unable to grip a football without pain on the sideline after the play.

Payton said the surgery will take place in Los Angeles. The Saints are in Seattle this week.

Payton said Wednesday morning he likely will not announce a starter going into the game. Bridgewater started 28 games for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014-15 before a serious knee injury. He signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal to stay with New Orleans in the offseason.

The Saints also have Taysom Hill, who has played a variety of positions for the team the past two seasons, including quarterback.

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