Saints quarterback Drew Brees returned to the lineup last Sunday and threw the game-winning touchdown pass to C.J. Spiller to beat the Cowboys in overtime.
Those were pretty good indications that the right shoulder injury that kept him from playing in Week Three wasn’t a major problem any longer. Wednesday’s injury report said it isn’t a minor problem either.
Brees was entirely absent from the report and told reporters that it was at his request because he doesn’t “like being on there.” Brees said he felt just “normal soreness” on Monday and that any uncertainty that may have existed before his return to the field had gone away.
“Yes, well again it wasn’t necessarily the hit or a hit that I was waiting to occur,” Brees said. “It’s just what happens in a normal game, in regards to, reacting to certain throws. Maybe having to throw off balance. Do certain things that you can’t simulate in practice, but all that stuff came through.”
The defense got several veterans back for the Dallas game and Brees said that he thought “that experience helps” for a team that started the year with three straight wins. They’ll need to keep helping against the Eagles this week for the Saints to climb out of the hole they dug themselves, something that seems a lot more possible with Brees feeling healthy once more.