The New Orleans Saints quarterback participated in some individual passing drills with the quarterbacks and receivers Wednesday for the first time since the injury. However, it still appears likely that the Saints will keep Brees out of Friday's preseason tussle with the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.
As we've mentioned since the minor tweak, these types of core injuries can be nagging and troublesome, especially for a quarterback's throwing torque, so getting Brees back fully healthy is worth more than any missed preseason snaps.
Wednesday's individual work is a noteworthy step in the Saints' plan to increase his workload on a day-to-day basis. We're not worried about Brees' readiness for the regular season, but his injury is something we'll continue to monitor until he's back fully healthy slinging passes.
Some other injury news we are following:
- San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio told reporters nose tackle Ian Williams has been cleared to practice and will test him in individual drills. Fangio added that cornerback Tramaine Brock continues to rehab from an ankle injury and isn't expected to play Sunday vs. the Denver Broncos.
- Morris Claiborne had a brief scare when took a hit on his right shoulder during the Dallas Cowboys' joint practice with the Oakland Raiders and sat out of team drills, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Claiborne said afterwards he was fine and just landed on it hard. Dallas' defense can breath a sigh of relief, another injury to the defensive backfield would have been tough to swallow.