Saints’ Brees says early hit to arm may have affected him in loss

Drew Brees wasn't himself Sunday, and an early game hit on his throwing arm may be the reason why.

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The New Orleans Saints dropped to 0-2 when they were stunned 26-19 Sunday in their home opener by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Much of the conversation throughout the game was about the mediocre play of nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees told reporters after the game that an early hit to his throwing arm may have affected his play throughout the loss: “Maybe on a few throws … a few downfield didn’t come out very well.

Brees completed 24 of 38 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and one interception. It was a brutal loss for the Saints, who were big favorites over a Buccaneers team that was torched by rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota in Week 1.

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