Saints place Brees on injured reserve

Tanya Simon
November 21, 2020

Whoever starts at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday should get more than one week to prove themselves.

Hill reportedly took all the starter reps at practice this week instead of Jameis Winston, who stepped in for Brees last week.

The New Orleans Saints will turn to Taysom Hill as their quarterback in Week 11 while veteran Drew Brees is out due to injury, per ESPN's Diana Russini and Adam Schefter.

Later in the day, however, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport (h/t Kevin Patra) said that Brees will be out a minimum of two weeks, meaning the signal-caller will miss this Sunday's divisional showdown with the Atlanta Falcons and the November 29 game against the Denver Broncos. Hill has 34 rushes for 186 yards and a touchdown, as well as six receptions for 74 yards and a score.

With Brees sidelined, head coach Sean Payton isn't ready to reveal who will start at quarterback for the Saints. With the Buccaneers at 7-3, the 7-2 Saints don't have much of a cushion in the division.

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With Brees out, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said Taysom Hill was practicing with the first-team offense this week.

Hill has been used in several positions besides quarterback in his career.

Hill's total passing experience in the National Football League is as follows: 10 for 18, 205 yards and an interception.

Despite that, Payton remains enamored with Hill, giving him a handful of snaps per game to show off his skills. They backed up that belief by signing him to a two-year, $21 million contract extension as a restricted free agent this offseason.

It's assumed Brees will reclaim his role as the team's starter once he's healthy enough to return.

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