Lewis: Drew Brees' injury just final confirmation that Saints' greatest era in team history is over _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) next to New Orleans Saints quarterback Luke McCown (7) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.

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Sean Payton isn’t giving up any clues.

He won’t talk about Luke McCown’s fit in the offense, how the Saints plan to go about getting their quarterbacks repetitions, or, most importantly, Drew Brees’ current status.

“He’s day to day,” Payton said.

Brees suffered a bruised rotator cuff during the second quarter Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His status for this week’s contest against the Carolina Panthers remains unknown. Payton previously said the team will use the week to find out where he stands.

Brees played through the injury against Tampa Bay. He did not appear to be immediately impacted, but struggled to make throws coming out of halftime. Early in the the third quarter he threw a pass behind Brandon Coleman and underthrew passes to Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks. The pass to Cooks was intercepted.

However, as the game progressed, Brees did a better job of managing his shoulder and began connecting on passes later in the third quarter and into the fourth.

The Saints are scheduled to practice later this morning and Brees currently has media availability scheduled for later this afternoon.

Until a determination is made on his status, this story will remain day to day.