NC Times: Brees’ offseason might include shoulder surgery

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA


SAN DIEGO —- Drew Brees’ banner 2004 season concluded with a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.

His frustrating 2005 season came to an end prematurely Saturday afternoon as he dived onto the rain-slicked turf at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Chargers’ starting quarterback suffered a dislocated right (throwing) shoulder while attempting to recover his own fumble in the second quarter of a 23-7 loss to the Denver BroncosÝ—- a game that carried no playoff ramifications for either team.

Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer indicated surgery is a possibility for Brees. There will be more exams to determine the condition of Brees’ labrum — a ring of cartilage that helps stabilize the joint.

“The dislocation came back on its own, as I understand it,” Schottenheimer said, “but we have to do further study to see the status of his labrum.”

Brees, a veteran wrapping up his fourth season as the team’s starting quarterback, did not make himself available to the media following the game.

It appeared Brees’ arm was at an awkward angle, swinging backward, when blitzing safety John Lynch delivered the initial blindside hit in the end zone to force a fumble. Brees scrambled after the loose ball, and that’s when he took a second hit that popped the shoulder out of place, according to Schottenheimer.

“It wasn’t when he was hit when the ball was being thrown,” he said, “but when he went after the ball.”

Lynch, a Torrey Pines High graduate, said he wasn’t sure how the injury occurred.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with him —- I’m going to check on him to see if he’s all right,” Lynch said. “That’s not what you want to see happen. He’s a tough guy who always gets up, and when he doesn’t get up, you’re a little concerned.”Ý

After a fast start to his season, Brees finished the final six weeks on a sour note. In his last six games, he fired six touchdowns against seven interceptions.

At the time of his injury, the Chargers trailed 7-0 and had failed to generate much offense. After one three-and-out drive midway through the second quarter, Brees and the offense were booed heartily by the Qualcomm Stadium crowd.

Backup quarterback Philip Rivers —- the high-priced former first-round draft pick who is speculated to be everything from trade bait to Brees’ replacement next season —- was given a warm ovation when he entered the game.

Schottenheimer was unsure what effect Brees’ injury will have on the team’s impending quarterback decision. The Chargers have a number of options concerning the future of Brees, who will be a free agent for the second straight year.

“It’s far, far premature to speculate that it would have any effect,” he said.


Oct 14, 2005
I hate that this happened. Can you guys imagine if Brees went down like that and we were headded for the playoffs? We would make a very quick exit.

Also, I wonder how this will affect conract negotiations with Brees. Do you pay him not knowing how he will be after the injury? Should we maybe franchise and trade Brees or should we just let him walk?

All these senarios wouldn't be here if he didn't get hurt.