Dr. David Chao: “Certainly five rib fractures in unusual, certainly both sides is unusual. I’ve never seen, other than a massive car accident, ribs broken on both sides at the same time. I haven’t seen that from football from one hit, so it does seem like it was one from the week before, and one from this week. The good news is that I don’t think the lung issues are bad, otherwise it would pretty much be malpractice to allow the quarterback to stand on the sidelines for the whole second half if he had a significant lung collapse. So I think it was probably small, or a small pulmonary contusion of some sort… The ribs usually recover reliably in 2-4 weeks. The lung is a little more questionable in the timeline. The bad news is that there’s no way Drew plays in November, the good news is that I would be shocked if he doesn’t come back before the end of the regular season and come back well. You’re looking at December. Is it mid-December, is it later-December, hard to say at this time, but I believe he will be back and be himself again.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Doctor David Chao, a former team physician for the San Diego Chargers for 17 seasons, join Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis to discuss Drew Brees' untimely rib and lung injury, as Dr. Chao predicts when he can thinks Brees can safely return to the field.
Check out the segment above as Dr. Chao details the 'good' news, and the 'bad' news of the NFL's most high profile injury, and one that could potentially alter the Super Bowl race.