WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Quarterback Drew Brees remained sidelined by a left oblique strain during the New Orleans Saints' practice on Monday. But coach Sean Payton described Brees as "day to day" and said the injury is not something that should jeopardize the start of the regular season.
"We'll make sure it's something that can't get aggravated again," Payton said. "When you look at what he does, on a daily basis with regards to torqueing his chest throwing the football, you've just got to be smart it's calmed down. So we'll see day to day. It's the type of thing, though, if you try to all of a sudden force it back, you re-aggravate it. So we'll treat it day to day."
Brees watched from the sideline throughout Monday's practice, then he joined teammates for cool-down runs and signed autographs for the fans.
“I just tweaked my oblique a little bit,” Brees told the NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk. “I’m kind of day-to-day. It’s certainly not something I want to rush back too quickly from because it could be problematic. I want to make sure I am good to go and we’re still in early August here. I am chomping at the bit. I don’t like sitting out. I don’t like watching. I don’t like not playing in the scrimmage or potentially not playing in a preseason game. (Being cautious) is what I have to do.”
It's unclear if Brees will be available for Friday night's preseason opener at the St. Louis Rams. But it seems likely the Saints will consider resting him for that game if they're taking a cautious approach.
The Saints' injury list was longer Monday than it's been at any point in training camp -- not surprising in the aftermath of Saturday's scrimmage.
Fullback Erik Lorig and linebacker Victor Butler were not present at practice, though Payton declined to specify whether their absences were injury-related. Lorig was seen leaving the scrimmage early with an apparent injury.
Cornerback Champ Bailey remained out of practice with an undisclosed injury, but he did make his first appearance on the sidelined since he was injured, spending some time on the stationary bike.