Drew Brees back at practice after left oblique injury

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Drew Brees was back in action for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, participating fully in practice for the first time since he suffered a minor oblique injury, The Times-Picayune's Katherine Terrell reported.

Brees has missed the Saints' first two preseason games with the left oblique strain, most recently sitting out Friday's contest against the Tennessee Titans. Saints head coach Sean Payton has held Brees out of practice since he suffered the injury on Aug. 1, but he was seen wearing full pads during practice last week. 

Payton told reporters after practice he expects Brees to play in the Saints' third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, barring any setbacks. Brees also told reporters he should be able to give it a go.

"Today was my first day to be full-go," Brees said, according to "I've been taking it very slow. I wanted to make sure it was all good. I'm still not 100 percent, but I hope by Saturday I am." 

Last season, Brees threw for more than 5,000 yards for the third consecutive season. Five NFL quarterbacks, including Brees, have thrown for more than 5,000 yards in a season, but Brees is the only quarterback to accomplish the feat more than once. He has hit the mark in four seasons. 

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