Drew Brees has a sense of humor about the NFL’s decision to take away 6 passing yards from Sunday’s career day and add an interception to his total.
Brees chuckled a little about the play Wednesday and pointed out that the final score remained the same.
A play that was initially ruled a 6-yard completion to Willie Snead and a fumble the Giants returned for a touchdown was changed to an interception after the fact.
“As long as they don’t try to take points away from us, too,” Brees said. “We still won the game, it didn’t change the outcome, so we’re good.”
New Orleans has had a couple of iffy catch/non-catch rulings over the past couple of weeks, including two challenged plays against Indianapolis that were ruled incomplete because Saints receivers did not complete the process of the catch, according to the NFL.
Brees admitted he’s not sure what a catch or football move is at this point, but an extra interception didn’t change the perception of a historic day for Brees, who was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week — his 22nd Offensive Player of the Week award and his 20th in his time with the Saints, the most for any NFL player since 2006 — on Wednesday after he completed 39 of 50 passes for 505 yards and seven touchdowns, tying an NFL record held jointly by Peyton Manning, Y.A. Tittle, Sid Luckman, George Blanda, Joe Kapp and Adrian Burk.
Keenan Lewis didn’t have the smoothest ride back from September hip surgery.
There were some starts and stops along the way, but he feels that he recently turned a corner and credits his recent progress to using muscle activation techniques.
“Whatever the technique he’s doing, MAT, it’s definitely been helping me out a lot,” Lewis said. “I’ve also been working with our trainers.”
Lewis said he became curious about the techniques after remembering an article he read about Peyton Manning using it to help him recover from a neck injury.
The Saints cornerback would say only that the guy treating him is named Mike and is located outside of Lafayette. He’s now seen him three or four times and said that he feels like he makes progress with every visit.
“It’s magic to me,” Lewis said. “I can’t even explain it.”
Words don’t need to be put in place. Lewis played 27 snaps in Sunday’s win against the Giants, moved well and was competitive in coverage. It’s the closest to normal he’s looked this season since having his surgery, and he expects to begin taking on bigger role, beginning this week against the Tennessee Titans. Right now, his biggest hurdle is getting back into shape.
“I’m almost where I need to be,” Lewis said. “Right now it’s just getting back out there, getting in football shape. I sat out too much. Just going in on my own and running extra laps after practice to get back to my former (self). I’m just excited to be out there. I feel like a rookie because I sat out so long.”
The Saints signed linebacker Mike Mohamed to fill the final spot on their 53 man roster, a spot cleared by the release of fullback Austin Johnson on Tuesday
Mohamed, who was released by the Houston Texans in October with an injury settlement, appeared in 14 games last year and recorded 68 tackles, one interception, and six passes defensed.
The Saints have been thinned out at linebacker with injuries to Dannell Ellerbe, Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne.
New Orleans typically gives any players dealing with an injury a little extra time to recover on Wednesdays, and nine Saints did not practice to start the week for varying reasons. Wide receiver Marques Colston, right guard Jahri Evans and defensive tackle Kevin Williams sat out for a veteran’s day, and left tackle Terron Armstead sat out Wednesday’s practice for the second straight week, potentially to help the knee that kept him out of two games continue to heal.
Wide receiver Snead (knee), linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha (ankle) and cornerback Damian Swann (concussion), along with Ellerbe (hip) and linebacker Ramon Humber (hamstring) missed Wednesday’s practice because of injury. Kikaha and Humber’s injuries are not serious, sources told The Advocate, but no timetable was given for their return. Rookie tackle Andrus Peat (knee), Hawthorne (hamstring) and Lewis all participated in full.