The New Orleans Saints saw the return of quarterback Drew Brees in practice on Wednesday, but the 41-year old signal caller still has “a ways to go” in his recovery from 11 broken ribs and a punctured lung, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett.
“We haven’t ruled anything just because we don’t have to,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said to the media following practice. “He’s got a ways to go still, and he’s someone we’re not gonna just hurry back and just put him in the game.
“I think the significance of the injuries are such that you’ve gotta make sure he can function and feel confident.”
“Each week I feel better,” Brees, who has missed four games, said. “I obviously have a plan in place as to the benchmarks that I need to hit in order to get to where I know that I can play and play effectively for this team. And all I can say is I’m close.
“There’s a recovery element. There’s a strength element. And I’ll know when that time comes.”