The New Orleans will have to find a way to survive the next six weeks, at the least, with Teddy Bridgewater. Starting quarterback Drew Brees will be undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in the thumb.

Brees suffered the injury against the Los Angeles Rams. The injury reportedly happened in the first quarter on a pass play when his hand met with Aaron Donald on a follow-through, Yahoo Sports reported. Citing league sources, Adam Schefter of ESPN mentioned that the 40-year-old will undergo thumb surgery and would be out for about six weeks.

In his career, Brees has missed only three games and one to injury in 13 seasons. While most marvel at his ability to stay healthy, this recent setback sends of mixed feelers on his future. The fact that he is already 40 could mean more injuries to follow - a reality for any athlete in any sport.

Regardless, he has already achieved so much in his NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP and a 12-time Pro Bowler. He also holds the NFL record for most career passing yards and most career pass completions. It will be interesting how things pan out once he makes a full recovery.

As for the Saints, they too need to make some moves. They face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and will rely on an inexperienced Bridgewater. He did not play that well against the Rams, completing only 17 of 30 passes for 165 yards. Things are expected to get tougher this weekend when he plays in front of the Seahawks crowd - one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL.

Regardless, Saints coach Sean Payton is keeping the faith in Bridgewater. Rather than pin the blame on the former first-round pick, he believes that others around Bridgewater need to do their part and perform well as well.

“I felt real confident in Teddy -- and do feel confident. … Listen, if you’re not playing well up front, I don’t care if it’s your Hall of Fame guy or your No. 3 guy. It’s gonna be difficult,” said Payton.

For his part, Bridgewater is aware of the challenge at hand. He says he is ready for the challenge and feels he is up to the task.

“I can honestly say that this is the best I've ever felt in my six years. I feel great mentally, physically and spiritually,” said 26-year-old who suffered a devastating knee injury in 2015 that sidelined him for nearly two full seasons, ESPN reported.

Tedd Bridgewater Drew Brees Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints talks with Teddy Bridgewater during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 30, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images