METAIRIE, La. – Although Drew Brees underestimated the magnitude of his shoulder injury on Wednesday, he remained confined during training on Thursday.
The New Orleans Saints quartet that trained without pads during the early part of the training session was open to the media and officially listed as a limited participant. It’s very rare for the Brees to be restricted to practice this weekend and it is not clear if that will affect his status in NFC South’s key Sunday night at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It is also unclear who will replace Brees in the starting lineup if necessary, with former Buccaneers defender Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill both potential candidates. Friday practice will shed more light on the state of Brees.
Brees appeared in Saints̵7; injury report to be restrained during Wednesday’s training session, but he downplayed that by pointing out that he is always limited on Wednesday. Brees, 41, hasn’t thrown in Wednesday training sessions in years to help him rest and recover more from matches.
However, shoulder injuries appear to be a new illness since Brees was found wearing a Kinesio bandage on his right throw shoulder in New Orleans’ 26-23 extra time win in Chicago in Week 8.
When asked about the tape Wednesday, Brees laughed and said, “I’m 41 years old. I have a lot going on. But I keep ticking.”
Brees leads the NFL with a 73.1% completion rate. As of Week 3, he has the third highest passer-by rating (111.2), behind only Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
On the positive side for New Orleans, Alvin Kamara running back was back to training on Thursday after being constrained by a leg injury he described as mild on Wednesday. Extender Michael Thomas (ankle / hamstring) continues to practice on Thursday as he appears to be almost back in the squad for the first time since Week 1. And broadcaster Emmanuel Sanders says he’s sure will play after being activated from this week’s reserve / COVID-19 list.