Saints quarterback Drew Brees tells CSTV he remains day to day; says backup Luke McCown 'played great' against Carolina _lowres

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees stretches before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Brees did not play in the game. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is not sure whether or not he will return against Dallas, Brees told CSTV in one of his regular post-game interviews Sunday.

Brees has been battling a bruised rotator cuff suffered on a second-quarter sack by Tampa Bay’s Jacquies Smith last week.

The Saints’ starter was not available in the locker room after the game.

“I don’t know my situation this week,” Brees told CSTV. “I’m day to day. Obviously, I plan to and expect to start on Sunday, but if I don’t, we’re in good hands with Luke.”

Brees is trying to regain the strength in his throwing arm.

He has been throwing, but on Friday he determined that he couldn’t throw the ball downfield with the velocity he needed to be effective.

“It’s a matter of functionality. It’s what I can do with my arm. It’s not about pain. It’s about strength, it’s about mobility, it’s about functionality. Can I make the throws that I’m required to make within this offense for us to be successful. If I can, I play. If I can’t, Luke plays.”

Backup quarterback Luke McCown completed 31-of-38 passes for 310 yards, his only mishap coming when Josh Norman picked off a pass into the end zone as the Saints tried to score a go-ahead touchdown.

“First of all, he played great,” Brees said. “He made every throw and did every thing we could have asked him to do.”

Brees remained involved throughout the game, helping McCown in any way he could.

“I was standing on the sideline, I told him, as the play call would come in, I had the earpiece, and I’m calling the play right along with him, I’m clapping my hands breaking the huddle as if I was standing in there next to him,” Brees said. “I wanted to play the game right alongside him and try to have as much input as I could when he came to the sideline.”