Saints quarterback Drew Brees 'pretty confident' he will play Sunday vs. Panthers _lowres


Drew Brees intends to play on Sunday if he feels capable.

During a news conference Wednesday morning, the Saints quarterback said he is confident he will be able to play through a bruise to his rotator cuff but has to be smart about it.

“Each day you wake up, you see how you feel, maybe what more you can do than the day before,” Brees said. “Obviously, you’re dealing with something where you’ve got to be smart, because you don’t want to aggravate it, re-injure it, hurt it more, make it worse, so there’s a balance here to what we’re doing.

Brees was present at practice Wednesday morning but said he did not attempt any throws. The plan is continue to testing his shoulder and ramp up his activity as best he can.

Even if he is not able to throw this week, Brees said he has played after not throwing for four or five days before.

He said the decision to play Sunday will be up to him and he will be smart about it. If he does play, he said he does not want to take the field with a limited playbook but said he also has to know his limits.

Re-injury is a concern, but he said the decision to play will be based on how effective he can be.

“I have every intention of playing, but I do have to take it day to day, be smart with it,” he said.

If Brees does not play, Luke McCown will likely start in his place.