In the second quarter of Monday night's loss to the Detroit Lions, a dark season for the New Orleans Saints got even darker, as quarterback Drew Brees suffered a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. Brees stayed in the game and finished with a more-than-respectable passing line, but that's the kind of injury that typically knocks a QB out for at least a few weeks (Peyton Manning has been out with the same issue, for example).
Brees has been banged up for most of the year, having also missed a game earlier in the season due to a shoulder injury and not looking very Brees-like during several other contests. The New Orleans offense, typically one of the best in the league with Brees at the controls, languished outside the top-10 in scoring for much of the season before leapfrogging back in this week.
The Saints have already been eliminated from the playoffs, so there's really not much sense in throwing him out there with the injury, but it's not much like Brees to willingly sit out when he's physically able to take the field, either.