Sean Payton says report Drew Brees could miss several games is ‘inaccurate,’ shoulder injury won’t be long-term _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Henry Melton (90) grabs New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) around the neck and throws him to the ground after a Brees' pass during the second quarter Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Mercedes-Benze Superdome.

After the New Orleans Saints' disappointing loss to Tampa Bay Sunday, many fans are wondering: Just how much of an impact did quarterback Drew Brees' shoulder have on the outcome?

Brees was sacked early in the second quarter and came up shaking his arm. After the game, Brees somewhat grudgingly admitted that his shoulder was an issue and affected some throws later in the game. In a post-game interview with WWL, Brees said that he will be "fine."

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm fine," he told WWL. "Everybody gets dinged up throughout the course of a game, season, what have you. I'll battle through and be fine."

But even if Brees' shoulder is fine, the Saints have a long way to go if they want to come back from an 0-2 start and make the playoffs this year.

Listen to Brees' full interview here. Read all of The Advocate's Saints coverage and analysis here.