Brees practices with knee brace; Thomas sits out

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by Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness News

wwltv.com

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 29 at 5:50 PM

METAIRIE, La. ― Saints quarterback Drew Brees practiced Wednesday but with a brace on his left knee to help stabilize an unspecific injury he suffered on the final game-tying drive of regulation against the Falcons.

“Really just a lot of soreness,” Brees said. “Just from the hit it took.”

Brees said he had an MRI on Monday that came up negative.

“From Monday to yesterday to now, it feels a lot better,” Brees said.

This isn’t the first time Brees has worn a brace. He said he wore one his entire senior season in high school after suffering a knee injury his junior season.

“I was pleased with how he functioned,” Head Coach Sean Payton said. “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.”

While Brees practiced, running back Pierre Thomas did not with a left ankle injury. He limped off the field in overtime after a long screen pass. That came a few plays after his knee and ankle were bent backwards on 7-yard run that put the Saints in field goal position with 12 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.

Payton said Thomas injury isn’t a high ankle sprain, but he did have swelling.

Strong safety Roman Harper (hamstring), linebacker Anthony Waters (hamstring) and running back Reggie Bush (right fibula fracture) did not practice while safety Usama Young was limited with a quadriceps injury.

Head Coach Sean Payton said Brees had soreness more than anything.

Running back Chris Ivory and cornerback Tracy Porter were not listed on the injury report. Ivory left the field with a limp on Sunday while Porter missed much of the game while riding the stationary bike.
 

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