Sean Payton refuses comment on Brees injury, starting Saints QB moving forward

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Drew Brees
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With multiple reports that Drew Brees suffered several fractured ribs and a collapsed lung Sunday in the New Orleans Saints victory over San Francisco already circulating, his head coach Sean Payton addressed the elephant in the room immediately in his call with local media.

“I’m not going to address any injuries on this conference call or questions about injured players,” Payton said.

Payton acknowledged the obvious but would not speculate on the severity of the injury or how long Brees would be out.

“Look, he took a significant hit yesterday in that game,” Payton said. “We were mindful of his reps during the week. I’m sure I’ll have a chance to visit with him here in the next 24 hours.”

Did Payton feel the hit by Kentavius Street on Brees was a dirty one?

“In my humble opinion, I saw really one flagrant hit that was worthy of a personal foul and that was the hit on Tre’Quan (Smith)” Payton said. “I know we were called with a couple on the quarterback. I’ll say this. They (officials) were consistent relative to that foul being called on the quarterback.”

Jimmie Ward hit Smith in the head with his shoulder and knocked him out of the game with a concussion.

One would assume that Jameis Winston will be the starter this Sunday when the Saints host Atlanta after he got the call to start the second half and not Taysom Hill yesterday. Payton would not confirm that.

“I wouldn’t project or answer that in any way,” Payton said. “We’ll see how this week unfolds.”

Payton did comment on Winston’s performance against the 49ers.

“I thought he did a good job,” Payton said. “I thought there some challenges I mentioned in the post-game conference. Aside from the quarterback injury, we had a tight end and a receiver (hurt) and so there were a handful of things that we’ve got to clean up.”

Did Payton see any carelessness from Winston which plagued him while with the Buccaneers.

“I didn’t see that yesterday,” Payton said. “I can’t speak for his challenges in Tampa. I haven’t seen that here. Both he and Taysom have a good feel of what we’re trying to do. They pick things up. I feel like it’s a good (quarterback) room.”

Payton complimented the playoff C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Demario Davis against San Francisco.

“After the first drive, I thought we got progressively better and better defensively,” Payton said.

Payton also said he has not heard from the league about possible punishment for the post-game celebration videoed in the locker room after the win at Tampa Bay which was in violation of the league’s new policy about wearing masks in such situations.

“I didn’t dance after this last game,” Payton said.

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