NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton downplayed Drew Brees' injured right shoulder Monday night, calling reports the pro-bowler would miss several games "inaccurate," according to the team's official website.
"I would say his report is inaccurate," Payton said of NFL insider Ian Rapoport's tweet. "Wednesday we will have a better idea. We will be smart."
It was not the most vicious hit by NFL standards, but Brees was visibly in pain after a sack in the second quarter of Sunday's game.
"He was coming forward with his arm. Smith hooked him from behind sort of from his blind side and then arm seems to stop very abruptly. And when he did, it probably put a lot of torque on that shoulder," Henderson said.
FOX 8 Saints analyst Jim Henderson winced with Brees as the MVP came up favoring his throwing arm against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I think our chances of being a competitive football team without him are very slim," he said.
"It was very clear that he was hurt Sunday and the rest of his game suffered," FOX 8 sports reporter Sean Fazende said.
Fazende saw Brees Monday morning and said he showed no signs of being hurt.
"From what I witnessed with my own two eyes, it looked to me that it was not as severe as it could have been," he said.
Saints faithful shuddered at the idea of life without Brees.
"If he's out, frankly, I think it's going to be a bad bad year," Saints fan Eric Hebert said.
"I don't think they have a back-up," Glenda Jackson said.
"I don't think the fans are over reacting. I think this a situation not saying the sky is falling but it's gotten lower," Henderson said.
On Wednesday, the team will release an official status of Brees' practice. On Friday, fans will know something more definite when teams must list injured players as out, doubtful, questionable or probable.