According to NFL.com, “The New Orleans Saints held their quarterback out of Saturday's scrimmage because of a strained left oblique sustained in Friday's practice, coach Sean Payton said, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Steve Wyche.”
This news comes just days after Brees stated confidence in his health and that he could possibly play past the age of 40.
Per New Orleans TV station WDSU, Sean Payton said, “"We didn't want to put him out there the day after so it's going to require just a little bit of rest. We'll see how it is coming back on Monday and treat it day-to-day. That's the main reason he didn't go."
Although Brees’s injury isn’t significant, it is still something that will be monitored as training camp rolls on. Considering that Brees is one of the most important players to this franchise (eight straight seasons of over 4,400 passing yards, including three straight 5,000-yard seasons), his health will most certainly be monitored.If the strain ends up becoming more of a problem, Saints have veteran Luke McCown and sophomore Ryan Griffin as back-ups. As of late, Griffin has been showing himself on the practice field and taking advantage of his reps.
Hopefully the Saints’ Pro-Bowl QB won’t be gone for longer than he has to, however in the case that Brees is unable to start, it looks like a possible QB controversy could be in the works in New Orleans.
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