White Sulphur Springs, WV, United States (4E Sports) – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees suffered an oblique strain during Friday’s practice that caused him to miss the team’s Saturday scrimmage.
Coach Sean Payton described Brees as “day to day”. The quarterback has time to rest because the Saints are off Sunday before returning to practice Monday afternoon.
“In the a.m. practice yesterday, he strained his left oblique. So we’ll take it day to day. But we didn’t put him out there the day after,” Payton said.
“So that’s gonna require just a little bit of rest. We’ll see how it is coming back on Monday and kind of treat it day to day,” he added.
Brees’ absence allowed more snaps for backups Luke McCown, Ryan Griffin and Logan Kilgore.
Meanwhile, Payton still declined to reveal any specific details on the injury that has kept veteran cornerback Champ Bailey absent for the past two days of practices.
“I don’t think it’s anything serious, and it’s a matter of just making sure he’s healthy. I do (expect him back soon), but I don’t want to put a time on it,” he said.
Safety Jairus Byrd was dressed in pads and participated in individual warmups, but he didn’t participate in the scrimmage.
Other players who did not participate in scrimmage include guard Ben Grubbs (undisclosed), receiver Kenny Stills (quad), defensive tackle John Jenkins (pectoral), cornerback Terrence Frederick (undisclosed), receiver Steve Hull (undisclosed) and offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe (undisclosed).
Tight end Je’Ron Hamm was helped off the field by trainers after laying on the field briefly following a special teams collision.