Drew Brees QB NO 2 Months

Brees didn't practice Monday due to the upcoming birth of his fourth child.

Brees was brought along slowly in training camp due to a left oblique strain, pushing back his preseason debut to Saturday at Indianapolis. He appeared to be in midseason form, completing 9-of-15 passes for 128 yards and two scores. While two full days remain before the Saints' preseason finale Thursday against the Ravens, Brees won't take the field anyway, handing off QB reps to Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin.

Drew Brees QB NO 2 Months

Making his 2014 preseason debut, Brees (oblique) completed 9-of-15 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against the Colts.

Brees led the Saints to touchdowns on two of his three drives before giving way to Luke McCown. Draft the reliable veteran as you normally would, with his oblique issue seemingly in the rear-view mirror. Darren Sproles and Lance Moore are gone, but the Saints drafted Brandin Cooks in the first round, and Kenny Stills and Nick Toon are a year older. It also seems that Marques Colston is feeling much better than he did at this time last year, after dealing with injuries throughout much of last season.

Drew Brees QB NO 2 Months

Brees (oblique) is slated to suit up for Saturday's preseason contest against the Colts, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

The report notes that Brees, who had been slowed by a strained oblique, looked sharp at Wednesday's practice, while suggesting that the Saints' star QB is likely to play for about a half in Saturday's game, the team's third preseason tilt.

Drew Brees QB NO 2 Months

Brees (oblique) participated in full-team drills during Sunday's practice, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

Now that he's evidently ready to put his oblique issue behind him, look for Brees to get in some work in during next Saturday's preseason tilt against the Colts.

Drew Brees QB NO 2 Months

Brees (oblique) participated in individual passing drills with the Saints' receivers Wednesday for the first time since being injured, NFL.com reports.

Brees is clearly approaching a return to practice after sitting out more than a week now with a strained oblique. Nonetheless, Brees still isn't expected to play in Friday's preseason game versus Tennessee. Expect Brees to increase his workload on a day-to-day basis and eventually re-join his teammates at full speed with ample time to prepare before the regular season.

Drew Brees QB NO 2 Months

Brees (oblique) is not expected to play in the Saints' second preseason game on Friday, ESPN.com reports.

Brees has missed the past week or so with a strained oblique injury and although he's edging closer to a return to practice, it comes as no surprise that Brees will be held out of another exhibition tilt. Nonetheless, the Saints' signal-caller is reportedly progressing well and should return to action with plenty of time before the regular season kicks off.

Drew Brees QB NO 3 Months

Brees (strained oblique) sat out Monday's practice, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Coach Sean Payton has indicated that Brees is day-to-day, so while the signal-caller's status is worth monitoring, there is nothing at this stage to suggest that a long-term injury is in play here.

Drew Brees QB NO 3 Months

Brees (oblique) -- who hasn't practiced since Aug. 1 -- wasn't sporting pads during Sunday's session, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

While Brees didn't play in the Saints' preseason opener on Friday, he did warm up prior to kickoff by throwing passes to safety Jairus Byrd. Consider the Saints' star QB day-to-day for now.

Drew Brees QB NO 3 Months

The Saints have not made a decision on Brees' (oblique) status for the team's preseason opener on Friday, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Brees' injury has been described as a strained left oblique, and it has kept him out of practices since last Friday. Brees, however, did throw some light passes on the sidelines and looked nimble in doing post-practice running on Wednesday. With the regular season nearly a month away still, there's little reason to be concerned about Brees' availability for Week 1 even if he misses the first preseason contest.

Drew Brees QB NO 5 Months

Drew Brees told the Associated Press he "hopes" to play into his 40s.

"Do I hope I can play into my 40s? Yes, I do," said Brees, who turned 35 in January. "As long as I'm healthy and playing at a high level, why not? I certainly don't take it for granted and know that obviously you've got to prove yourself every year." Brees is signed with the Saints through 2016, his age-37 campaign. He's been a top-two fantasy quarterback in five of the last six seasons.