LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 06: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints waits for play to resume against the Washington Redskins on December 6, 2009 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints and media-darling du jour, didn't exactly go out on a limb in discussing the possibility of DeMarcus Ware missing Saturday night's game as a result of a neck injury. Ware was injured in last Sunday's loss to San Diego, an incident that got scary when the All-Pro was carted off the field, his neck stabilized on a stretcher.
The injury was described shortly thereafter as a sprained neck. Ware left the hospital the same night.
After the worry over Ware's well-being subsided, when the team described the linebacker as 50/50, the public eye shifted to more petty concerns; namely, whether or not Ware would be available for Saturday night's match-up with the unbeaten Saints at the Superdome.
With Ware, the Cowboys are looking at some pretty daunting odds; without him, well, the outlook, as the magic 8-Ball might tell you, is not so good. Bleak. Discouraging. Kind of ugly.
Of course, Brees wouldn't go so far in his comments on Wednesday, in a conference call with the Dallas media.
"He's one of the best in the game, if not the best," Brees said. "He's a great football player and I think I know what he brings to them just from a leadership standpoint, just because I know him a little bit and obviously know the way his teammates feel about it. I know that would probably be a big blow to them."
A big blow indeed. But Brees, good politician he is, had high praise for the rest of the Dallas defense, refraining from anything remotely resembling bulletin board fodder.
"What I do see is the rest of the defense is pretty stout as well," Brees said. "I'm sure that they have somebody that would be able to fill his role if he is not able to play and the rest of the defense would rally together."