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Saints To Rest Starters, Sit Brees, Brunell To Start


Aided by Minnesota’s (11-4) over time loss to the Bears last week New Orleans (13-2) was able to secure home field through the play-offs, and now there is just nothing left for the Saints to play for.

So in typical NFL fashion the Saints have decided to rest most of their starters against the Panthers (7-8), including Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees, who else still remains a question but don’t be surprised if any starter plays more than a series or two.

Brees will be replaced by 17 year veteran and former Washington Redskin Mark Brunell who has not started a regular season contest since 2006.

The only action Brunell has seen this season came on an incomplete pass intended for tight end Darnell Dinkins when trying to convert a fake field goal attempt against the Falcons last month.

Rookie Chase Daniel will be brought up from the practice squad to backup Brunell during the game, no indication has been made by Coach Payton on how long either will play.

The Saints are banged up at a few key postions so a little rest and alotted time to get healthier heading into the play-offs is just what the doctor ordered.

Running back Pierre Thomas (ribs), wide receiver Lance Moore (ankle) and safety Usama Young (sports hernia) are the only Saints players that have officially been ruled out against the Panthers.

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