New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks with general manager Mickey Loomis next New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson (28) and New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) as the Saints continue training camp at the Sports Performance Center in Metairie, La. Friday, July 28, 2017.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

The New Orleans Saints plan to hold out several key veteran skill players from tonight's game against the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Quarterback Drew Brees and running backs Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram will both not play, according to the report.

With those players out of action, backup passer Chase Daniel will likely get the start, and the early carries will go to either Daniel Lasco or Alvin Kamara.

Brees last skipped the preseason opener in 2015, and Peterson hasn't played in a preseason game in four years. 

By holding the veterans out, the Saints are following a league-wide trend to hold stars out of preseason games to avoid the risk of unnecessary injury.

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