Report: Behind scenes, Saints QB Drew Brees still unsure if he'll play vs. Panthers _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees talks about his injury at the Saints Training Facility in Metairie, La. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.

Drew Brees will be out against Carolina, Saints coach Sean Payton announced on Friday, with Sunday marking the first time that he’s missed a game due to injury in his time in New Orleans.

Brees has tried to throw in the mornings, but the velocity wasn’t there.

The decision became obvious on Friday, Payton said. Luke McCown will start, with Garrett Grayson serving as the backup.

Brees made progress as the week went along, but couldn’t get to the point where he could play.