Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
I did what I needed to do to get healthy. I feel strong. I feel 100 percent," said Brees, who wound up playing less than one full quarter during the preseason after missing the first two games with the injury and sitting out the final preseason game as part of his usual routine.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
ESPN's Mike Triplett has an update on Brees' status:
After practice, Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed the obvious -- that Brees is indeed "ready to go" for Saturday night's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Brees is expected to play about a half, which would be his typical workload in a third preseason game.
"I thought he looked pretty sharp tonight. There were a handful of throws that were exceptional," said Payton, who pointed out the way Brees was gradually increasing his workload off to the side during practice over the past two weeks. "I think we've handled it the right way, and he is pretty smart and he knew where he was at. My only concern was [whether] we had set our mind on a game maybe, and that really shouldn't dictate his healing.
"Now, it happened to be that he feels ready to go. I'm sure he's going to play, and we'll figure out how many snaps in this game. But he looked pretty sharp tonight."
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17
Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune has an encouraging update on Drew Brees' oblique injury:
Brees is about to do team drills. He's fully back from his oblique injury.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) August 17, 2014
Evan Woodbery of NOLA.com followed with a statement from Brees:
Brees said there was 'no question' he planned to play.
'Today was my first day to be full-go. I've been taking it very slow,' Brees said. 'I wanted to make sure it was all good. I'm still not 100 percent, but I hope by Saturday I am.'
Brees said he had targeted his return for the third game since suffering a strained left oblique Aug. 1.
'This is really the final dress rehearsal for the season," he said. "This is when the season becomes very imminent.'
The Saints' official Twitter account confirmed Brees' status for the team's upcoming game against the Indianapolis Colts:
Payton said the plan is for Brees to play vs the Colts #NOvsIND— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 17, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
The New Orleans Saints provide an update on Drew Brees' status:
Payton said they haven't decided if Brees will play Friday vs Titans #Saints— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 13, 2014
Mike Triplett of ESPN.com has the latest on Brees:
#Saints QB Drew Brees taking part in individual drills, throwing to receivers. Think that's more than he did yesterday. A new step every day— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) August 13, 2014
Brees wore pads to practice Tuesday, according to Evan Woodberry of NOLA.com:
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees wore full pads in practice for the first time since Aug. 1, but didn't participate in team sessions Tuesday at the Greenbrier.
Brees has a strained left oblique and has done extensive throwing during practices over the last week, but always off to the side.
"He's progressing well. So all those things are good signs," head coach Sean Payton said. "Each day he does a little bit more in the training room and then out here (on the practice fields). We just keep working on the rehab and making sure, functionally, that we're not stressing (the injury) so that it sets him back."
Triplett also reported on Payton's comments on Brees' health:
Saints coach Sean Payton declined to say whether Brees will play. But Payton has consistently said the team will be smart and cautious with Brees, who strained his oblique on Aug. 1.
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
Larry Holder of NOLA.com provides the latest on Drew Brees' recovery:
No Drew Brees once again today. At practice but no pads. Kenny Stills is still a no go. Not in pads.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) August 10, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports Drew Brees is not active for Friday's game against the Rams:
Evan Woodbery of NOLA.com provided updates on Brees before the Saints' preseason game vs. the Rams:
Drew Brees seems to be throwing more than we've seen in about a week. Jairus Byrd is helping out as his receiver. http://t.co/SnNOT7w6Th— Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) August 8, 2014
Ramon Antonio Vargas of The Advocate has an update on Brees:
#saints QB Drew Brees stretching at midfield.— Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) August 8, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, August 6
Ramon Antonio Vargas of The Advocate reports Drew Brees' status for today's practice:
#saints QB Drew Brees not in pads for 4th straight day of practice. In a helmet taking warmup snaps at the moment.— Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) August 6, 2014
Pro Football Talk and Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com have more on Brees' availability for the Saints' preseason opener:
Drew Brees out of practice again, no decision on Friday availability http://t.co/szHBE01Uul— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 6, 2014
Sean Payton said Drew Brees "is feeling a lot better." Would not commit to declaring his status for Rams game Friday.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) August 6, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, August 5
Mike Triplett of ESPN has the latest on Brees' recovery:
#Saints QB Drew Brees doing some exercises with trainer. Running, planting, turning with football in hand. Slowly but surely working back.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) August 5, 2014
#Saints Brees going through stretch with the team, but not in pads, so he won't participate today.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) August 5, 2014
Updates from Monday, August 4
John DeShazier of NewOrleansSaints.com reported on Drew Brees' status:
No Brees today— John DeShazier (@JohnDeShazier) August 4, 2014
Even minor injuries become big news when they involve star players. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was forced to miss some training camp work after suffering an oblique injury during Friday's practice.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated reports Saints head coach Sean Payton is listing the eight-time Pro Bowler as day-to-day:
Payton says Brees has strained left oblique and was held out because of it today. Day to day is his status. Hurt it Friday AM practice.— Don Banks (@DonBanks) August 2, 2014
It doesn't sound like New Orleans is overly concerned about the ailment. Most likely the team is just exercising an extreme amount of caution at this stage of the summer. There's no reason to rush him back and risk a more serious issue.
Brees has played in 127 of 128 possible regular-season games during his eight seasons with the Saints. If there were a game scheduled for tomorrow, it's a strong bet he would fight through the pain and make sure he was on the field.
Instead, it's training camp with six more days until the team's first preseason game. Playing it safe is certainly the right route to take at this stage.
Evan Woodbery of NOLA.com stated that backup quarterback Ryan Griffin "shined" in Brees' absence:
Griffin, a second-year player from Tulane, appeared to take full advantage of it.
According to unofficial statistics, Griffin completed at least eight passes in a row at one point in the scrimmage Saturday at the Greenbrier resort, including a deep ball to Brandin Cooks. Unlike [Josh] McCown, Griffin also avoided sacks. ...
... If Griffin wins the No. 2 job, it might make it easier for the Saints to manage the roster.
The injury comes just a week after the 35-year-old signal-caller made headlines with his comments about continuing his playing career well into his 40s.
If healthy, what type of season do you expect from Brees?
"If I tell myself I'm 25, I'm 25. And honest to God, that's my mindset," Brees said, per Mike Triplett of ESPN. "I could play for another 10 years. And that would be my goal. I mean, I'm taking it one year at a time, but there's no reason why I couldn't do that."
Perhaps the injury is just the world's way of reminding Brees of the rigors of an NFL season before he gets his mind too set on playing until he's 45.
In this case, he should return to the field shortly. Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune confirms it's just a precautionary measure:
Brees strained his left oblique. Payton said. Nothing serious. Just precautionary.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) August 2, 2014
Barring any setbacks, it shouldn't have any long-term impact on Brees or the Saints offense. He could run the unit in his sleep at this point, and the team has plenty of time to keep working on its chemistry before Week 1.
Expect him to be firing on all cylinders by that point. He's got three straight seasons with at least 5,100 yards under his belt and should make a serious bid to add another this year. The offense wouldn't be anywhere close to as potent without him.