Moon: Brees Will Never Have Same Grip Again

Drew Brees' thumb injury won't end his career, but he'll never be quite the same, Warren Moon says

Reiter Than You
September 17, 2019 - 8:44 am
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Sunday was not a good day for a couple of future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks. Drew Brees tore a ligament in his thumb against the Rams and will miss roughly six weeks, while Ben Roethlisberger injured his elbow against the Seahawks and will miss the rest of the season.

Is it possible that age had anything to do with these injuries?

“I don’t think the injuries had anything to do with Drew Brees’ (age),” Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon said on Reiter Than You. “You could see that he hit another guy’s hand. I had that same injury when I played. I had to have surgery, and I missed five weeks with mine, so I know exactly what Drew is going to go through.”

Moon suffered the injury in 1990, and it impacted the final 10 years of his career.

“He’s probably never going to have the same grip on the football again unless he gets all that flexibility back,” Moon said. “I never got all my flexibility back in my thumb, so I wasn’t able to squeeze the ball the way I really wanted to. It’s an injury he can come back from, but it’s going to take some rehab to keep that flexibility in his finger.”

Brees, 40, will return later this season, but Roethlisberger, 37, will not.

“I’m really not sure what the cause of that injury was,” Moon said of Big Ben. “Maybe it was from not having enough activity in actual game situations as opposed to practices. He never really played much in the preseason, so you could attribute that to just not playing enough in the preseason. Once you get to the regular season, everything speeds up, and if your arm isn’t used to that type of action, something like that will snap for you. It’s too bad for Ben. He’ll be out the rest of the year. Hopefully he’ll be able to come back.”

The Saints (1-1) and Steelers (0-2) both play on the road in Week 3, with New Orleans facing Seattle and Pittsburgh facing San Francisco. Both games kick off Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Click below to listen to Moon's interview in its entirety.