As originally reported by ESPN’s Ed Werder, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sustained a torn plantar fascia in his right foot during yesterday’s Monday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions. Even though the Saints, now at 5-9, have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race — current NFC Wild Card holders Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks are both 9-5 — Brees is hoping to return on Sunday when New Orleans hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Although the Saints lost their match-up against Detroit, Brees stepped a few rungs further up on the all-time record charts. As the official MNF account notes, Brees also set the NFL record for the most regular season games with 300 or more passing yards. Brees had been tied with Peyton Manning at 93 games, and he now stands alone at the top of that chart. No other quarterbacks are particularly close to Brees or Manning: Tom Brady has 71 such career games, and the next-closest active quarterbacks are Tony Romo (46), Phillip Rivers (45), Ben Roethlisberger (44), Carson Palmer (43), and Aaron Rodgers (43).