After getting second opinion, Saints quarterback Drew Brees thinks he could play against Carolina, ESPN reports _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith (56) causes New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) to fumble in the first quarter in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.

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New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees believes there’s a “reasonable possibility” that he could play against Carolina, according to an ESPN report, after getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Brees reportedly suffered a bruised rotator cuff on a second quarter hit by Tampa Bay’s Jacquies Smith, and although he played the rest of the game, the injury affected him on downfield throws.

The shoulder has given Brees trouble before, particularly at the end of last season.

Saints coach Sean Payton told both local media and WWL’s Coaches Show on Monday that the team would know more about Brees’ condition on Wednesday.

“A lot of it is going to be his ability to come back, and really feel like he has the strength he needs,” Payton said. “I’ve seen the reports, and I would be mindful of them, this early in the process."