Brees dons knee brace, but only due to soreness

Drew Brees has a sore left knee that required a brace during practice on Wednesday, but Saints coach Sean Payton says the development is no “situation” to speak of.

According to Payton, Brees doesn’t have an injury, and won’t be listed on the Saints’ injury report, either.

“His knee is sore, there’s no specific injury,” Payton said during his news conference. “He took all the reps, he wore a brace. I was pleased with how he played and he functioned fine.  He’ll have no problem with it. He did a good job today.”

According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, Brees took a hit during the fourth quarter of the Saints’ loss to the Falcons. He underwent an MRI exam, which was negative, and the swelling has subsided.

So is this much ado about nothing?

When asked what Brees’ situation is, Payton downplayed that it was a situation at all.

“There’s no situation,” Payton said, per Pro Football Talk.  “His knee is sore from the game.  There’s no specific injury other than that he has soreness.  We didn’t put him on the report.  He took all the reps.  There’s not an injury to report.  I was pleased with how he functioned.  He functioned fine.  It’s something that as the week goes on, I think he’ll have no problem with and he did a real good job in all the team stuff today.”

Brees indicated he’ll wear the brace against the Panthers on Sunday, but there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that he is playing, regardless of whether there is a situation or not. We’ll have to wait and see on the rest.

— Frank Tadych

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