Report: Bridgewater to start for Saints

Teddy Bridgewater will start at quarterback on Sunday for the New Orleans Saints, ESPN reported.

Coach Sean Payton declined to name his starter at Seattle earlier this week. Veteran Drew Brees is out after undergoing surgery on his right (throwing) thumb on Wednesday after suffering the injury last weekend against the Los Angeles Rams.

Dual-threat quarterback Taysom Hill also is expected to see action against the Seahawks, ESPN's Dianna Russini said.

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Brees, 40, won't be in Seattle to tutor either of his backups. Doctors advised against him flying because of the possibility of swelling or inflammation, ESPN said.

"It crushed me not to be there," he texted to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Bridgewater with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He led the Vikings to the playoffs in 2015, then missed most of the 2016 and '17 seasons after suffering a serious knee injury in training camp.

In relief of Brees last week, the 26-year-old Bridgewater completed 17 of 30 pass attempts for 165 yards in the 27-9 loss to the Rams.

--Field Level Media

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