New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees returned to a full practice yesterday after missing some time with a strained oblique, as the Saints were just managing what was a minor injury to their elite QB. Brees is set to play in the team’s third preseason game, and the likes of Jahri Evans and Kenny Stills will also return. The third preseason game is generally the one where the starters play the most, and ESPN NFL Nation’s Mike Triplett reports that Brees expects to get a full half of work in.
Brees stated, “I don’t expect to be limited at all. I wouldn’t play if I was limited. That’s not smart. My goal — this entire time, the minute I got hurt, the minute I kind of got the prognosis was, ‘Alright, I’m going to be really smart, I’m going to take it one day at a time and I’m going to be playing in that Indy game.’ That’s my goal.”
Although he said that he isn’t quite 100% yet, he should be a full-go before the game, which is on Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts. Brees and the first-team offense will fire on all cylinders against a porous Colts secondary, but the most interesting things on the offensive side of the ball will be the play of RBs like Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram, the battles on the back end of the depth chart at WR (including big rookie Brandon Coleman), and even the backup QB competition between Ryan Griffin and veteran Luke McCown.