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Brees has shoulder surgery; should be ready for camp

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

Brees will return to San Diego next week and begin rehabilitation. He is expected to begin throwing in four months and be ready to participate in training camp.

"Though his recovery period is longer than we had hoped for, we couldn't be happier that Drew is expected to make a full recovery," general manager A.J. Smith said in a statement.

Brees tore the cartilage and dislocated his throwing shoulder in Saturday's home loss to the Denver Broncos when he tried to recover his fumble and had Broncos tackle Gerard Warren land on him.

The Chargers must decide by Feb. 23 whether to designate Brees as their franchise player again and give him a one-year deal worth about $10 million. Brees, who has wanted a long-term deal, played the 2005 season under an $8 million contract as the franchise player.