Has Drew Brees been hiding a serious knee injury?

Sep 20, 2010; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during the Saints' 25-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Photo via Newscom

Earlier this season, Drew Brees suffered what appeared to be a knee injury in Week 3 of an overtime loss to the Falcons. He could be seen limping around and his name did show up on New Orleans’ injury report the flowing week, but he hasn’t missed a game so nobody has thought much of it.

But Kenny Wilkerson of WIST radio in New Orleans reported Thursday that Brees has been playing with a fracture and a torn meniscus in his left knee.

From Rotoworld.com:

Wilkerson is citing what he says is an “impeccable source,” and that the information is “100 thousand-trillion-million percent” accurate. He also added that the pain sometimes causes Brees to make mistakes when calling or executing plays and that it’s possible the quarterback could need microfracture surgery at some point. Brees injured the knee back in Week 3 and the Saints referred to it only as a sprain, but it sounds like they might be covering up a bigger issue. He’s been picked off more often than normal this season, but overall Brees’ fantasy production hasn’t been significantly affected by the injury.

Just a couple of hours ago, coach Sean Payton called the report “inaccurate” and “completely false.” But it’s not like Payton has been completely forthcoming about injuries in the past, so it’s hard to take him at his word.

Either way, Brees has been able to play on the left knee and while he’s been shaky at times this year, he did put together a dazzling second half performance against the Steelers last Sunday night. Maybe the worst is now behind him and either the injury is healing or the pain is manageable. He also flat out laughed at the report when asked about it today, so it appears to be nothing.

Wilkerson be looking like a fool.

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Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas banged up for Saints

Sep 20, 2010; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during the Saints' 25-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Photo via Newscom

Good thing the Saints take on the hapless Panthers this Sunday, because they’ve become the walking wounded.

Reggie Bush (broken fibula) doesn’t need crutches anymore and is walking without pain. He believes he’ll be back sooner than expected, but that’s about the only injury news that favors the Saints right now.

Drew Brees will play Sunday against Carolina, but he’s expected to wear a brace on his sore left knee. He suffered the injury late last week in an overtime loss to the Falcons and while he doesn’t think the knee will affect his performance, you never know how a player will respond to an injury until he gets on the field. The good thing is that Brees is a tremendous pocket passer and even if he had two good knees we wouldn’t be seeing his best Michael Vick impression.

The other significant piece of injury news surrounding the Saints has to do with Pierre Thomas’ ankle. He’s going to be a game-time decision after missing practice the past two days, although the team has yet to active DeShawn Wynn from the practice squad so that’s a good sign. Head coach Sean Payton also said on Thursday that Thomas is a rare player in that he can miss practice and still be mentally ready to play on Sunday.

The Saints struggled to run the ball last week against the Falcons and it hurt them late in the game. Their passing attack was still unstoppable, but come overtime their defense was worn down from being on the field all day and Atlanta took advantage. I don’t expect the Panthers to pull off an upset this week, but with Brees and Thomas hobbled the game could be tighter than anticipated.

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