Drew Brees will start at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints in their Week 15 clash with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to reports.
Brees has not featured for the Saints since Week 10 because of a collapsed lung and 11 fractured ribs.
However, ESPN reported the 41-year-old will return for a meeting with the defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday.
Utility player Taysom Hill took over the offense in Brees’ absence, starting at quarterback for the first time since his college career at BYU.
The Saints went 3-1 under Hill, suffering a shock loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week that gave the Green Bay Packers a slight edge in the race for the number one seed in the NFC.
There has been a negligible drop-off in the Saints’ overall production in that time.
New Orleans averaged 373.1 yards per game in their first nine games of the season. In Hill’s four starts, that dipped to 362.5.
The difference came in how that yardage was gained, though, with the Saints unsurprisingly more reliant on Hill’s abilities as a runner.
Their pass yardage average dropped from 252.3 per game to 188 in Hill’s four starts. However, New Orleans’ rush yardage per game average ballooned from 120.8 to 174.5.
Brees will face a formidable challenge against the Chiefs, who are 12-1 with their explosive offense supplemented by an opportunistic defense that has recorded 20 turnovers – tied for the fourth-most in the NFL this season.