Teddy Bridgewater to start for Saints on Sunday vs. Panthers

The New Orleans Saints plan to start Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback in place of Drew Brees in Sunday’s season finale against the Carolina Panthers.

Coach Sean Payton announced the decision to start Bridgewater on Friday, saying the 26-year-old quarterback had been working with the first-team offense throughout the week of practice.

“He’s had a good week of preparation, and he’s thrown it really well,” Payton said. “So, it’ll be good to get a chance to look at him.”

The Saints have already clinched the No. 1 seed, so there are no playoff implications, which explains why the coaches want to rest Brees. This will be just third start Brees has missed since joining the Saints in 2006. He also sat in Week 17 of 2009 when the Saints already had the No. 1 seed, and he missed Week 3 of 2015 with a shoulder injury.

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