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Saints place Drew Brees (ribs) on injured reserve

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (ribs) was placed on the injured reserve list on Friday.

What It Means:

This was always a possibility for Brees after tests this week confirmed multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung. Earlier this week, his timeline for a potential return was set at 2-3 weeks in a best-case scenario, and today's move guarantees Brees will miss at least three games. The earliest he could return is Week 14's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. This Week's clash with the Atlanta Falcons will provide a clearer picture of what the Saints' quarterback situation will look like until Brees returns, with Sean Payton refusing to name a starter on Friday.

The Saints are 3.5-point favorites over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11. Their implied team total of 26.75 points is the fifth-highest team total on Sunday's main slate, according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.