Saints to start Hill at QB, per source; Brees to IR

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METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints will start Taysom Hill at quarterback ahead of Jameis Winston on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Meanwhile, they placed starter Drew Brees on injured reserve Friday afternoon — meaning he must miss at least three games while recovering from cracked ribs and a punctured lung.

Hill took all the starter reps at practice this week, according to the source. A source also told ESPN’s Dianna Russini that Winston will not be part of any offensive packages unless needed because of injury.

The move comes as a mild surprise, because Winston is more experienced and replaced Brees during the second half of last Sunday’s 27-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

No timetable has been set for Brees’ return. This is the first time he has been placed on IR, and this will be just the seventh game he has missed due to injury in his 20-year career.

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