El­bow is­sue ends Big Ben’s sea­son

Brees also set for surgery, will miss at least 6 weeks

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near the thumb of his throw­ing hand that is ex­pected to side­line him at least six weeks, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Brees, 40, will have surgery, but it’s not yet clear when the op­er­a­tion will take place or who will per­form it.

Brees left Sun­day’s game against the Rams af­ter the thumb on his right hand hit the hand of Rams de­fen­sive line­man Aaron Don­ald.

Teddy Bridge­wa­ter re­placed Brees against the Rams and likely will be the starter go­ing for­ward.

An­other al­le­ga­tion vs. Brown: An­to­nio Brown’s ar­rival with the Pa­tri­ots was ac­com­pa­nied by a storm of re­ports, ru­mors and ac­cu­sa­tions about the star wide re­ceiver’s off-field be­hav­ior. On Mon­day, the storm got worse.

Sports Il­lus­trated re­ported that a sec­ond woman al­leged she was a vic­tim of sex­ual misconduct from Brown.

In 2017, af­ter Brown was par­tic­u­larly pleased by a por­trait down of him, the re­ceiver hired a lo­cal artist to paint a mu­ral in his home. The woman, who chose to re­main anony­mous, told SI that Brown be­gan flirt­ing with her.

“I was about 40% done on the sec­ond day, and I’m on my knees paint­ing the bot­tom, and he walks up to me ... naked, with a hand cloth cov­er­ing his (gen­i­tals) and starts hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion,” she said.

The artist said she didn’t stop paint­ing and that “af­ter that, it all ended abruptly.”

Brown’s lawyer, Dar­ren Heit­ner, said his client de­nied the al­le­ga­tion.

Brit­ney Tay­lor, the woman who ac­cused Brown of rape in a law­suit last week, was set to meet with NFL in­ves­ti­ga­tors Mon­day.

Ex­tra points: Gi­ants coach Pat Shur­mur wouldn’t com­mit to start­ing QB Eli Man­ning against the Buc­ca­neers on Sun­day. The other op­tion would be turn­ing to No. 6 over­all draft pick Daniel Jones. A fi­nal de­ci­sion is ex­pected by Wed­nes­day. Man­ning, 38, has two TDs and three turnovers in the Gi­ants’ two losses . ... Jaguars CB Jalen Ram­sey re­quested a trade af­ter Sun­day’s loss to the Tex­ans, ESPN re­ported. The Jags have spo­ken with teams and are ask­ing for a first-round draft pick in re­turn.

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Steel­ers quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger will un­dergo sea­son-end­ing surgery.

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