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Brees back, not yet "better than ever"

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Metairie, La - Drew Brees is back for the Saints, but still not yet "better than ever."  That strained oblique muscle which not only kept Brees out of the first two pre-season games, it kept him out of two full weeks of practice.

But Brees plans to play Saturday night at Indianapolis in the third pre-season game.  Brees probably would not have played more than a series or two the first two weeks, but this is the week he and the other starters typically play the longest.

Brees said, "As you approach that third pre-season game, this is really the final dress rehearsal for the season so, this is when the season becomes very imminent.  I feel good, I feel good.  I've been taking it very slow, deliberate.  No use in rushing something that could get worse, so I wanted to make sure it was all good.  I'm still not 100%, but I hope by Saturday I am.

"I've been taking it very slow, very deliberate," said Brees, who sat out six practices and two games and was limited in two other practices. "No use in rushing something that could get worse. I wanted to make sure it was all good. I'm still not 100 percent, but I hope that by Saturday I am."

While Brees had pegged the Saints' game Saturday night at Indianapolis as his date to see his first game action, coach Sean Payton wasn't setting any timetable.

"I think our plan is that he'll be able to (play)," Payton said. "Like I said earlier, I want to make sure that we're not looking at the date ahead of the injury."

Brees hasn't missed a start due to injury since coming to New Orleans in 2006. The only time he failed to play for the Saints was the season finale in 2009, when New Orleans already had locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

He owns NFL records for passing percentage in a season (71.2 percent) and completions in a season (468) and is the only quarterback who has thrown for more than 5,000 yards in a season four times.

His ability to remain on the field for New Orleans was part of the reason the former Super Bowl MVP was on the cover of Sports Illustrated recently. The magazine article touted his offseason workout routine, which focuses on his core muscles.

In the seventh practice of the Saints' training camp, however, he injured one of those muscles. The internal and external abdominal oblique's work to flex and rotate the trunk, a key component to what a quarterback does on the field.

Brees played through a sprain of a medial collateral ligament in 2010, something he doesn't believe he would have been able to do with the strained oblique had it happened in the regular season.

"This does not get better if you keep playing," Brees said. "It gets much, much worse. This is something that needed rest."

And yet, Brees doesn't believe he regressed at all as a quarterback by being on the sideline. In fact, he believes he improved.

He took time with the defensive coaches during practices, listening to what they were telling defensive players during 11-on-11 drills. He listened to defensive calls and how they were disguising certain plays.

"I became a better player in two weeks even though I didn't take a snap at quarterback," Brees said.

The Saints moved indoors Monday due to rain, but Brees looked good in two minute drills.  Rookie Brandin Cooks was out with a stomach virus that is not thought to be serious. 
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