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Drew Brees says early hit to arm may have affected him in loss

Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterbacks Drew Brees (9) and Luke McCown (7) on the bench in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won, 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterbacks Drew Brees (9) and Luke McCown (7) on the bench in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won, 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints dropped to 0-2 when they were stunned, 26-19, Sunday in their home opener by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Much of the conversation throughout the game was about the mediocre play of nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees told reporters after the game that an early hit to his throwing arm may have affected his play throughout the loss: "Maybe on a few throws … a few downfield didn't come out very well."

Brees completed 24 of 38 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and one interception. It was a brutal loss for the Saints, who were big favorites over a Buccaneers team that was torched by rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota in Week 1.

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As for the question of whether there's more to the arm injury than what it originally seemed to be, that has yet to be determined, but Saints fans will be keeping a close eye on Brees heading into a must-win game against Carolina in Week 3.