Inside the NFL: The Saints Who Will Get Drew Brees Back on the Field
Future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees went down just before halftime on Sunday, picking up an injury that was more serious than first believed. X-rays after the game have shown that the team’s leader has multiple ribs fractures on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung on his right side.
The Saints’ veteran is expected to be out for at least two weeks and potentially longer as he recovers. A two-week turnaround for this kind of injury sounds almost undoable for the common person, but the Saints have a secret weapon to aid Brees’ recovery — a world-class medical staff.
So who are these crucial team members who are helping some of the best professional athletes in New Orleans recover from some nasty injuries?
The 41-year-old quarterback’s recovery will be overseen by Director of Sports Medicine Beau Lowery and his experienced team of doctors, sports scientists, and physical therapists. Lowery is a tried and tested member of the Saints organization, which he joined in 2012 as a Physical Therapist and Assistant Athletic Trainer. During his tenure, he has helped Saints players bounce back from injuries of all sorts, including Brees’ hand injury last season. While Lowery, who also spent 6 years at LSU as an Associate Athletic Trainer, is a seasoned sports medicine professional, he will need the deep involvement of his peers to get Brees back on the field.
One of the key voices through Brees’ recovery process will be that of Team Physician Dr. John Amoss, an experienced primary care physician. In 2017, Dr. Amoss made headlines when he discovered that Saints long snapper Jon Dorenbos had an aortic aneurysm, meaning he had to undergo immediate open-heart surgery. This attention to detail and lengthy medical career places Brees in some of the best hands in the business as he is guided back to the football field.
Once Brees can resume practice it will be up to the team’s physical therapists and trainers to put the Super Bowl champ through his paces to assess his recovery and readiness for the field. These team members will likely include the team’s Head Athletic Trainer Shone Gipson and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Dalrymple. However, it will ultimately be up to Head Coach Sean Payton to make the final decision as to when Brees step back on the field to lead the Saints offense.
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