Brees has been out since midway through Week 2 when he tore ligaments in his throwing thumb and immediately underwent surgery. The timeline for the QB's return was pegged at six weeks following the surgery. A Week 8 start would be line with that schedule.
If and when he does come back, Brees will return wearing a splint on his right hand, per doctor's orders. When that will be remains to be seen.
The Saints need not rush the QB back at this point. New Orleans is 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater starting in Brees' absence, and while the backup doesn't boast the starter's pedigree as a winner or leader, Bridgewater has steadily improved as the season has progressed. Including Sunday's romp over the Bears, Bridgewater has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 1,370 yards, nine TDs and two picks.
Whether or not Brees is under center next week or the second in November is unclear. Regardless, Brees sounds mentally ready to return to game action and to a team and coaching staff that has performed outside themselves in his absence.