It was just yesterday that we learned that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees required stitches in his jaw after a hit by Tennessee Titans linebacker David Bass. ESPN Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that it’ll cost Bass $17,363.
The hit occurred early in the 4th quarter, which actually drew two additional flags for unsportsmanlike conduct from Brian Orakpo. Ultimately, it led to a Drew Brees passing touchdown to Michael Hoomanawanui.
Here’s what Brees had to say in his Wednesday press conference with the media.
"“Oh yeah, it was the one where they got the flag down in the red zone. The guy kind of got a clean shot on me hit me right in the jaw. I ended up getting stiches and had little bit of a lemon size swelling for a bit, but I’m fine obviously we ended up getting a little bit closer to the goal line because of that. Ended up getting a touchdown and taking an eight point lead so that is part of the game sometimes.”"
If you didn’t see the Brees damage, here’s a tweet with his stitch work, which he received directly after the game.
The Saints offensive line allowed 4 sacks on Brees after surrendering a total of 3 in the team’s three-game winning streak. Dick LeBeau’s defense blitzed Brees 26 times on the day. He was hit 6 times and hurried 7 times.
Protecting Brees is definitely an emphasis for their upcoming game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and the offensive line faces a team who is tied for 27th in the league with their 13.0 sacks this year.