WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — For the first time in his career, Drew Brees was a healthy scratch from the Saints’ preseason opener last week.

Brees warmed up with the team and took care of his traditional pregame duties, then ceded starting duties to Luke McCown in Baltimore.

The Saints’ franchise quarterback should be back in action on Saturday against New England.

“If you go back in history with us, it’s typically a quarter or a quarter and a half,” Brees said. “You see how things go, and you see how many plays we get in that amount of time. Kind of take it as it comes.”

With Brees in the unfamiliar position of wearing a headset on the sideline, the Saints’ three backups got a lot of work, all with solid results.

McCown finished 7-of-10, Griffin completed 10-of-17 and Grayson opened some eyes with an 8-of-12 performance.

Brees had no problem with the decision to keep him off the field. Early last week, Saints’ coach Sean Payton sat down with the passer and discussed the choice.

“It was decided I should sit,” Brees said. “I think that the opportunity to get Garrett and Ryan Griffin some work. … We know what Luke can do. He has been around for a long time. Certainly, those other two young guys, the more reps they can get in game-like situations, the better.”