Drew Brees will be sidelined on Sunday at Carolina as the Saints will try to avoid falling to 0-3.
Brees, who is recovering from a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, will be replaced in the lineup by 12-year veteran Luke McCown, New Orleans coach Sean Payton said Friday.
Payton said resting Brees this weekend was not a difficult decision. Payton also declined to forecast whether Brees would return the following week against Dallas.
Sunday’s game will mark the first start Brees has missed because of an injury since joining New Orleans in 2006. Brees briefly was in the locker room while it was open to media, but politely chose not to talk, allowing McCown to absorb the spotlight.
Brees was hurt on a hit in the second quarter of last Sunday’s 26-19 loss at home to Tampa Bay. He never left the game, finishing 24 of 38 for 255 yards and one touchdown.
Ravens change plans
The Ravens scrapped plans to stay on the West Coast between games at San Francisco and Arizona next month.
The Ravens stayed out west after facing Denver in the season opener and Oakland last Sunday. They intended to do something similar after facing the 49ers on Oct. 18, but decided against it.
Baltimore lost at Denver and Oakland. But coach John Harbaugh says the main reason for the switch is the lengthy gap between the game in San Francisco and the Monday matchup at Arizona.
The new plan is for the team to travel to San Francisco two days before the game and return that night.
NFL wants quick appeal
The NFL is asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an expedited hearing in its appeal of a federal judge’s decision to nix Patriots QB Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” suspension.
League attorneys said in a filing that the appeal is important to resolve quickly because it deals with how the league and the players’ union work together under the collective bargaining agreement.
Oral arguments would be heard as early as January under the proposed schedule.
Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall is expected to miss at least three to four weeks with a sprained toe on his right foot. Hall was hurt on the opening drive in the second half of Washington’s 32-21 loss at the New York Giants on Thursday. … Dallas DE Jeremy Mincey was ruled out of the Cowboys’ game against Atlanta because of a concussion. Mincey was a limited participant in practice Thursday and didn’t work out Friday.
Steelers second-year LB Ryan Shazier will sit out Sunday’s trip to St. Louis with a shoulder injury. He injured the shoulder in the fourth quarter of last week’s romp over San Francisco. … The Jaguars could be without as many as six starters and two backups at New England. Three starters – tackle Luke Joeckel (ankle), guard Brandon Linder (shoulder) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (calf) – will be game-day decisions. Two starters, DE Andre Branch (knee) and TE Julius Thomas (hand), were already ruled out.
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