New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees underwent successful surgery on his throwing hand Wednesday.

Coach Sean Payton said that Brees will avoid going on injured reserve for now, per NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz, and the team will evaluate on a week-to-week basis.

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As NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported, the initial timeframe on Brees’ recovery is around six to eight weeks, but the Saints will have a better idea how long the quarterback will be out after surgery.

Keeping Brees off IR allows him to potentially return before the mandatory eight weeks required by injured reserve.

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