Brees among vets expected to sit tonight

Drew Brees is expected to watch from the sideline tonight when the New Orleans Saints host the Tennessee Titans inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Although the Saints didn’t make any official announcement, it’s a virtual certainty that Brees won’t play for the second straight week, considering he hasn’t gone through a full practice yet since suffering a strained oblique on Aug. 1.

The bigger curiosity will be next Saturday’s preseason tilt at the Indianapolis Colts. Brees looks as though he might be healthy enough to return to practice next week. And that will be the Saints’ third exhibition game, which is typically the last time the starters play any meaningful snaps during the preseason.

So the Saints will have to weigh what’s the bigger threat -- a risk of re-injury or a risk of rust in Week 1 of the regular season. Stay tuned.

Among other prominent Saints not expected to play tonight are guard Jahri Evans, safety Jairus Byrd, cornerback Champ Bailey, linebacker David Hawthorne, receiver Kenny Stills, defensive tackle John Jenkins, linebacker Victor Butler and fullback Erik Lorig -- all of whom are in various stages of injury rehabs.

Guard Ben Grubbs and cornerback Patrick Robinson are also questionable after practicing on a limited basis this past week.

Here’s an updated look at the Saints’ unofficial depth chart that is distributed by the team:

* = player not expected to play tonight, based on lack of practice time this week


QB -- *Drew Brees, Luke McCown, Ryan Griffin, Logan Kilgore

RB -- Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas, Travaris Cadet, Derrick Strozier, Timothy Flanders

FB -- *Erik Lorig, Austin Johnson, Greg Jones

WR -- Marques Colston, Nick Toon, Brandin Cooks, Brandon Coleman, Tobais Palmer

WR -- *Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem, Joe Morgan, Andy Tanner, Seantavius Jones, Charles Hawkins

TE -- Jimmy Graham, Benjamin Watson, Josh Hill, Nic Jacobs, *Je'Ron Hamm, Travis Beckum

LT -- Terron Armstead, Bryce Harris, Tavon Rooks

LG -- Ben Grubbs, Senio Kelemete, Jason Weaver

C -- Jonathan Goodwin/Tim Lelito, Matt Armstrong

RG -- *Jahri Evans, Marcel Jones, Manase Foketi

RT -- Zach Strief, Thomas Welch, *Ty Nsekhe


LDE -- Akiem Hicks, Tyrunn Walker, George Uko

RDE -- Cameron Jordan, Glenn Foster, Rufus Johnson Jr.

NT -- Brodrick Bunkley, *John Jenkins, Brandon Deaderick, Lawrence Virgil

OLB -- Junior Galette, Keyunta Dawson, *Victor Butler, Kasim Edebali

OLB -- Parys Haralson, Khairi Fortt, Ronald Powell, Chidera Uzo-Diribe

ILB -- Curtis Lofton, Ramon Humber, Kevin Reddick

ILB -- *David Hawthorne, Kyle Knox, Todd Davis

LCB -- Keenan Lewis, Corey White, Trevin Wade, *Rod Sweeting, Terrence Frederick

RCB -- *Patrick Robinson, *Champ Bailey, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Brian Dixon, Derrius Brooks

SS -- Kenny Vaccaro, Marcus Ball, Vinnie Sunseri

FS -- *Jairus Byrd, Rafael Bush, Pierre Warren, *Ty Zimmerman


P -- Thomas Morstead

K -- Shayne Graham, Derek Dimke

LS -- Justin Drescher

H -- Luke McCown

PR -- Travaris Cadet, Brandin Cooks, Charles Hawkins

KR -- Travaris Cadet, Brandon Cooks, Charles Hawkins