Drew Brees Returns To Practice, Plans On Making Season Debut Saturday Vs. Colts

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014 | 0


With high hopes for the rapidly approaching 2014 National Football League (NFL) season, the New Orleans Saints were dealt a frightening blow this offseason when star quarterback (QB) Drew Brees was forced out of practice with a strained oblique muscle on August 1.

For an elite athlete whose livelihood is predicated on twisting, turning, and throwing, the abdominal ailment was a nagging one, but thankfully not critical. Held out of the team’s first two preseason games, Brees returned to practice this Sunday to the thunderous applause of Saints fans in Metairie, Louisiana.

With the Saints’ next preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts scheduled for this Saturday, Brees told the Associated Press that he’s targeting the contest for his first official action of 2014:

”I’ve been taking it very slow, very deliberate. No use in rushing something that could get worse. I wanted to make sure it was all good. I’m still not 100 percent, but I hope that by Saturday I am.”

So Brees is headed back into action, but it appears he won’t be going full strength just yet. With an injury as touchy as an oblique strain, there’s not a whole lot of good in forcing the issue. Brees touched on this:

”This does not get better if you keep playing,” Brees said. ”It gets much, much worse. This is something that needed rest.”

Brees is the Saints’ Iron Man, having never missed a single game since signing with the team in 2006. He’s also the only QB in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards four times, making him the most vital piece of New Orleans’ success this year.

That’s common knowledge in the French Quarter, and Saints head coach Sean Payton expressed his desire to not get ahead of themselves in anticipating Brees’ return:

”I think our plan is that he’ll be able to (play),” Payton said. ”Like I said earlier, I want to make sure that we’re not looking at the date ahead of the injury.”

Saturday’s game against the Colts will give us an idea of just where Brees is at in his recovery, but if his words are any indication, the time he’s spent learning off the field have already made him a better player:

”I became a better player in two weeks even though I didn’t take a snap at quarterback,” Brees said.

That statement will be put to the test very soon in the dangerous NFC South, but one thing is for certain: Brees won’t be unleashed at full strength until he’s truly ready.

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