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NFL rumors: Drew Brees needs thumb surgery, likely back for Saints-49ers

NFL rumors: Drew Brees needs thumb surgery, likely back for Saints-49ers

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been one of the most durable players in the NFL for many years now. But a thumb injury will keep him sidelined for quite some time. 

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that Brees tore a ligament in his right thumb Sunday in the Saints' 27-9 loss to the Rams. The 12-time Pro Bowl QB is expected to miss at least six weeks. 

Brees was injured early in the loss when Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald hit his right hand on a pass attempt. The Saints QB was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater, who completed 17 of his 30 pass attempts for 165 yards but failed to throw a touchdown. 

Losing Brees for an extended period of time will be a big blow to the Saints (1-1). New Orleans entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations and now will be without the future Hall of Famer for at least the next six weeks. Brees, however, is expected to return before the Saints face the 49ers. 

San Francisco travels to New Orleans in Week 14. By that time, Brees should be back in the shotgun of Sean Payton's offense. He could still be rusty, though, and this matchup comes in the middle of a six-week stretch where the 49ers will face playoff hopefuls. 

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The last time the 49ers faced the Saints, Brees carved up San Francisco's defense in a 41-23 loss to New Orleans in 2016. Brees completed 28 of his 39 pass attempts in that Week 9 contest while gaining 323 yards in the air and three touchdowns. 

Brees' injury could play a big role in the playoff picture, but he should still be trying to fire on all cylinders when the 49ers come to town.

Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game

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Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game

SANTA CLARA – The statue of legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following San Francisco's 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.

Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.

According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.

The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:

“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”

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The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.

49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

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49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.

He lost a game.

That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.

That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.

Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.

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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.