"I have every intention of playing, but I do have to take it day to day. I have to be smart with this, so that's what I'm doing," Brees told reporters on Wednesday, before later saying that he was "pretty confident" he'd suit up for Week 3.
Brees was limited during Wednesday's practice and confirmed that he "didn't throw" in the session, calling the rotator cuff he bruised last Sunday against the Buccaneers "one of those injuries ... you've got to be smart" in treating.
The veteran passer confirmed that he will make the call himself about whether or not he'll take the field against Carolina. That could come as late as Sunday morning. If Brees can't go, backup Luke McCown will take the field for his first start in two seasons.
Payton did reveal that the game plan would stay the same no matter who starts, per NFL Media's Omar Ruiz, saying: "It's not like we have a read-option package for one and a dropback package for the other."