Saints quarterback Drew Brees insists shoulder injury is in the past _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- In overtime New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws for his career 400th touchdown Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, to beat the Dallas Cowboys 26-20 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The NFL was impressed with Drew Brees’ ability to come back from a shoulder injury.

The Saints quarterback has earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Dallas Cowboys during Sunday’s 26-20 win.

It is the 19th time Brees has won the award since joining the Saints in 2006, which is the most in the NFL during that span and a franchise record.

Brees completed 33 of 41 passes for 359 yards with two touchdowns. He led a potential game-winning drive at the end of regulation that went to dust after Zach Hocker missed a 30-yard field goal. Brees responded by hooking up with C.J. Spiller for an 80-yard score in overtime.

It was Brees’ first game back from a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. The injury held him out of action against the Carolina Panthers the week prior.