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1-1, 1st in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints are thin at WR, with backup Keith Kirkwood being placed on injured reserve and backup Tre'Quan Smith missing Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. Starter Ted Ginn Jr. was also limited with a thigh injury. The Saints will be counting on third-year pro Austin Carr and undrafted rookie Lil'Jordan Humphrey (who was just promoted from the practice squad) to pick up the slack. On a positive note, the offensive line should be intact, with guard Andrus Peat (ankle) returning to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

Bridgewater: 'Only one Drew Brees' (1:08)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have filled their two open roster spots by promoting undrafted rookie WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey to their active roster and signing veteran LB Ray-Ray Armstrong. Humphrey, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, was especially impressive during the Saints' preseason games before landing on their practice squad. Armstrong (6-3, 220) has primarily been a backup and special teamer, with 12 starts in his six-year career with the Rams, Raiders, 49ers, Giants and Browns. The Saints also added third-year WR Krishawn Hogan to their practice squad after he spent the summer with the Colts.

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Brees has surgery on thumb; Saints to use 2 QBs

Sean Payton declined to name a starter for the Saints' first game without Drew Brees on Sunday at Seattle, saying, "We'll approach this game with two quarterbacks" in veteran Teddy Bridgewater and dual-threat athlete Taysom Hill.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A flurry of roster moves for the Saints on Tuesday. They placed backup WR Keith Kirkwood on injured reserve, released backup DT Taylor Stallworth, re-signed QB J.T. Barrett IV to their practice squad (per source, as first reported by the NFL Network) and released DB Terrell Williams from their practice squad. They still have two open roster spots, so there will be more to come when they begin practicing in Seattle on Wednesday. WR Austin Carr should play a bigger role in the wake of Kirkwood's injury. We don't know the status of WR Tre'Quan Smith's ankle injury yet. If he isn't expected to play Sunday, the Saints could promote undrafted rookie WRs Emmanuel Butler or Lil'Jordan Humphrey from their practice squad.

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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Mina and ESPN Rams reporter Lindsey Thiry discuss the injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jalen Ramsey demanding a trade, the best three teams in the NFC, Mina's fascination with a third string quarterback, and "normies."

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Brees to have thumb surgery on Wednesday

After having his injured passing hand examined by two specialists, Saints QB Drew Brees has decided to have surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Monday afternoon that Drew Brees was getting a second opinion on the thumb injury, so there was nothing to report while he was still being evaluated. And Payton declined to answer any "hypothetical" questions about "if" Brees can't play, saying, "We'll have a plan either way." But when asked if the Saints have built a team that could withstand Brees' absence, Payton said, "Well, we're getting ready to find out. ... Hopefully the news is good and the length of time, if there is any, that he's out will be shorter than longer. But that's part of our sport. ... This is where you lean on leadership and get ready to have a good week of practice."

Clark: Super Bowl hopes could go out the window with Brees' surgery (1:58)
Stephen A.: 'The Saints are done without Drew Brees, period' (1:00)

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Saints' QB Drew Brees is expected to undergo thumb surgery as early as today that would be expected to sideline him approximately 6 weeks, per leagues sources.

This Just In  

Drew Brees said he plans to see a hand specialist in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Until then he doesn't know the severity of his thumb injury. He had an X-ray Sunday but that's not enough to determine the extent. "Yeah I am concerned," Brees said. "I'm hoping it's not too significant."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said he plans to see a hand specialist in Los Angeles tonight. Until then he doesn't know the severity of his thumb injury. He had an X-ray Sunday but that's not enough to determine the extent. "Yeah I am concerned," Brees said. "I'm hoping it's not too significant."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton supported QB Teddy Bridgewater despite his ineffective performance Sunday. Payton said Bridgewater was ready to go and called him a pro. Payton said he was disappointed with the play around him — especially penalties that kept backing up the offense and an offensive line that Payton said got "whipped" up front. It doesn't sound like there will be any QB controversy between Bridgewater and Taysom Hill if Drew Brees can't play next Sunday with his thumb injury. "I felt comfortable with Teddy and do feel comfortable with Teddy," Payton said.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards274.5Tied-13th
Rushing Yards102.517th
Points For19.519th
Points Against27.5