For the first time since early in training camp, the New Orleans Saints had quarterback Drew Brees as a full participant in practice on Sunday.
According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, via Twitter:
Brees is about to do team drills. He’s fully back from his oblique injury.
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) August 17, 2014
Brees missed the Saints’ first two preseason games because of an oblique strain he sustained Aug. 1 and had not participated fully in team drills since the injury.
Brees’ status for New Orleans’ third preseason game (the one really important one for the starters, according to convention) is still uncertain. The Saints visit the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday after winning their first two preseason games without Brees, a 26-24 win at St. Louis on Aug. 8 and a 31-24 victory over the Titans at home on Friday night.
Ryan Griffin, the 24-year-old out of Tulane who did not appear in a regular-season game last season, has gotten the most playing time, completing 29-of-42 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Journeyman Luke McCown started each of the first two games for the Saints and is 19-for-30 for 166 yards with two TDs and a pick.
Undrafted rookie free agent Logan Kilgore is 6-for-10 for 52 yards and an interception in limited action through the first two games.
Brees, 35, had his third consecutive 5,000-yard passing season in 2013—the first NFL quarterback to do so—finishing with 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns with 12 interceptions while completing 68.6 percent of his passes. Brees’ 65.9 career completion percentage is second in NFL history behind Chad Pennington, who completed 66 percent of his throws from 2000-10 with the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.