New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been ruled out of Sunday's matchup with the Carolina Panthers due to a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, head coach Sean Payton announced Friday.
Journeyman QB Luke McCown will get the nod under center in place of Brees. In light of the news, [5dimes-link] has adjusted the Saints from +3 all the way to +9.5.
McCown will be needing to shake off some serious rust, as the 34-year-old has not started an NFL game since Sept. 2011. The signal caller only has nine career starts to his name which has seen his teams go 2-7 ATS during that span.
The absence of Brees on a Sunday will be a rarity for Saints bettors. Since signing with the team as a free agent in 2006, the Purdue product has not missed a game due to injury.
Betting fans of the Carolina Panthers have seen them go 2-0 and 2-0 ATS so far this season, while the New Orleans Saints are at 0-2 and 0-2 ATS. In over under totals betting, the New Orleans Saints are 1-1, while the Carolina Panthers are 0-2.