According to Ed Werder, Brees suffered multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on the right side.
“He took a heavy shot in the first half,” coach Sean Payton said after the team’s 27-10 victory over the 49ers. “He felt it was really impacting him … (and said) ‘I don’t feel like I’m capable of playing.’ And that happens sometimes.”
This puts the Saints in a position to start former number-one pick Jameis Winston this Sunday when they square off with the Atlanta Falcons. Winston went 6-of-10 for 63 yards in the second half and orchestrated a drive in the fourth quarter that resulted in an Alvin Kamara touchdown to seal the win.