The New Orleans Saints are going to be without the services of quarterback Drew Brees for an extended period of time.

Ian Rapoport is reporting that Brees has a torn ligament which requires surgery, and may miss as much as six weeks of action.

Brees was injured in the first quarter of the Saints' 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams when his throwing hand his hit by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Brees, who has only missed one game in his 14-year NFL career, reportedly met with hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin, to determine the extent of the injury last night.