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Brees to undergo operation

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2511" target="_blank">Chargers.com
    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/breesinjury01.jpg" alt="Drew Brees" />

    By Casey Pearce

    Quarterback Drew Brees approached the podium at Chargers Park Monday morning with a smile on his face, a sling on his arm and although he didn't show it, a weight on his heart.

    The Bolts starting signal caller suffered a torn labrum in his right throwing shoulder and will undergo surgery in the next week or so.

    "I've been better, but we're moving on," Brees said. "I feel okay for the circumstances. We're all very optimistic saying that this is something that they've seen before, they've done before. It shouldn't be a big deal."

    Brees suffered the injury when he dove in effort to recover a fumble late in the second quarter of Saturday's season finale against the Broncos. He immediately knew that it was significant.

    "My shoulder was out (of socket)," Brees said. "I wasn't holding it up there because I wanted to. It was there because it wasn't going anywhere. They slipped it back into place when I got to the sideline. I knew what had happened. It was a dislocated shoulder. In order for it to dislocate, some other things have to give way. The labrum was the thing that did."

    The estimated recovery time for such an operation is roughly four months. At that point, Brees will be able to begin throwing. He hopes to be back at full strength by mid summer.

    "Mini camp would be five months, so by that point I should be full speed," Brees said. "I'm going to do everything that I can to get back as soon as possible. The real date that is most important is early September. I need to make sure I'm good to go by then."

    Chargers team doctor David Chao delivered his diagnosis on Sunday. On Tuesday morning, Brees will fly to Birmingham, Alabama to receive a second opinion from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

    "I've heard what Dr. Chao and our guys have to say," Brees said. "We're making sure that we know exactly what it is before we go forward. I'd like to get this thing taken care of as soon as possible."

    The ultimate optimist and competitor, Brees is prepared to endure a long rehabilitation process and feels like his mindset is in the right place.

    "I've dealt with injuries before," Brees said. "There's only one way to approach it. You believe that you do everything you can throughout that rehab process to come back bigger, faster, stronger. I think also that mentally you overcome so much that it makes you tougher I feel like I'm going to come back better than ever."

    Brees' injury is not uncommon. Former Raiders quarterback and NFL MVP Rich Gannon suffered a similar setback and enjoyed a complete and successful recovery. Many players even come out of the rehab with a strong arm than they had prior to the operation.

    "I wouldn't even call it a setback," Brees said. "It's just an opportunity for me to get going a little earlier than expected rehabbing and working out. I'm going to make sure that when I come back that I'm better than I was when I went in."

    Brees also emphasized that his focus at this point is on getting healthy, not on his contract status.

    "I just worry about the things that I can control," Brees said. "Right now it's taking care of this thing. I truly believe that I'm going to get better and better every year. Everything happens for a reason. Right now you sit there and go, ‘That doesn't make a whole lot of sense right now.' Six months from now I'll know why, and I'll be better for it."

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