Drew Brees didn’t practice with the team. Again. The Saints QB missed many practices lately due to a strained oblique that prevented him from taking the field against the St. Louis Rams in the first preseason game.
As coach Payton said this is an injury that needs to be carefully treated:
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.
Earlier today Brees was back at practice in pads but did not participate in team drills, as Nola.com‘s Larry Holder reported:
Drew Brees is only working with trainer Scottie Patton. Not going through any other drills. Still progress that he’s at least wearing pads.
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) 12 Agosto 2014
Definitely a good sign and a great opportunity for the other QBs who are fighting for the backup spot on the final roster but let’s not forget that he’s still not taking valuable reps with his teammates.
Brees has plenty of experience and should be able to get in rythm fast when he will be healthy but it takes time to build chemistry with the new guys like Brandin Cooks so it would be good for the team to practice with him under center. Nobody likes to see Drew Brees on the sideline but that’s just where he needs to be right now.
Do you think Brees needs to sit throughout the whole preseason or should he play even if he’s not 100%?