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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Drew Brees can’t cut it as a broadcaster or a doctor

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Drew Brees

Drew Brees
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Although fans largely decided they didn’t want to hear Drew Brees Football observations On television, there are still plenty of people wearing his No. 9 New Orleans Saints jersey who want to know his thoughts while watching weekend football.

Some players aren’t made for 150 seconds of total time to talk during a halftime show, or to guide viewers through a game during a three-plus hour live broadcast. One of the benefits of social media is that sports broadcasts and studio shows aren’t the only way for athletes to share their opinions with fans about the sport they specialize in.

So Brees sat down in front of his television on Saturday to watch a game that had social media buzzing: , Alabama at Texas. The Tide were 21-point favorites on the road against the unranked Longhorns, and this game proved to be one of them. Perfect for the weekend. Alabama won thanks to a spectacular final drive led by Bryce Young that was capped by a game-winning field goal.

However, the Texas offense hit a snag early in the first half. Longhorn QB Quinn Ewers — the No. 1 overall football recruit in 2021 — took a hit and had to leave the game after injuring his non-throwing shoulder. Brees may have stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Friday night, as he believed the injury was just playing through the pain.

it’s fine. Take some high-strength painkillers at 19, wrap the unnecessary shoulder you have in pads to make you look better, and get back out of there. Young buck, you’ve got a chance to beat Bama.

I have no doubt that Brees would have approached this situation if he had suffered an AC joint separation in his non-throwing shoulder in the 2000 game against Michigan while at Purdue. But that’s not behavior we should be encouraging these days. Especially since Texas has its own television network (via ESPN), is going to receive some big direct deposits if it moves to the SEC, and Ewers won’t see a dime. Also, ask Baker Mayfield how playing through injuries with the Cleveland Browns last season worked out for him.

First, however, direct any questions you may have about Ewers to the Texas medical staff as they have some valuable information. Evers’ injury is not in his AC joint, it’s in his SC joint. Yes, Mayfield suffered a lot of pain with the AC joint, but it is the less severe of the two injuries. The AC joint is where the collar bone connects to one side of the shoulder blade. The SC joint is where the collarbone connects to the sternum – hence the full name, sternoclavicular.

ESPN’s Pete Thimel is reporting that Evers is in trouble right now. Inhalation and swallowing. He is going to be out of the lineup for the next 4-6 weeks.

Because he took a picture of his television while giving his diagnosis, it is safe to assume that Dr. Brees did not participate in Evers’ locker room examination. Even if he were at Daryl’s Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, he wouldn’t be invited to the exam because, at best, he’s as much a doctor as Dr. J and Dr. House.

Brees qualified what he posted with “if it’s AC joint separation,” but the spirit of what he was saying was bad. This is football, and there are only so many sports. As with sports in general, but soccer in particular, participation requires knowing the difference between getting hurt and being injured. If you don’t want to play with an injury, you shouldn’t play, but that’s not what Brees was talking about.

He wanted the youngster to take medication to ease the pain of the actual injury and wrap himself in a restrictive garment until after the game. That’s the kind of thinking that’s due. Many older football players suffer from physical and even mental disabilities after their careers. Brees is still carrying the old mentality with him, and he needs to let it go and never pick it up again.

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