NEW ORLEANS, LA – A person familiar with the situation says record-setting quarterback Drew Brees will start for the New Orleans Saints against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, beginning his comeback from thumb surgery that sidelined him for five games.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Saints have not announced their starter.
Brees practiced this week and was listed as questionable on the Saints' final injury report of the week on Friday. ESPN first reported Brees' updated status for Sunday.
Teddy Bridgewater has started the past five games, all victories.
Brees injured his thumb in the first half of New Orleans' Week 2 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles when his hand jammed against the extended arm of defensive lineman Aaron Donald on the follow-through of a throw.
Surgery on Brees' ulnar collateral ligament was performed in Los Angeles on Sept. 18 and he began throwing a regulation NFL football about two weeks ago.
Brees is the NFL's all-time leader in yards passing with 74,845 and completions with 6,621. He had passed for 408 yards and two TDs in about five quarters of play this season before his injury.
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