Saints coach Sean Payton: 'Safe to say' quarterback Drew Brees will throw every day _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 is not starting the game. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is ready to return to throwing the ball in practice.

Brees, who bruised the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder against Tampa Bay, met with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday and got very positive results.

Now, Brees will get back to something closer to full work after being limited in practices last week.

“It’s gonna be safe to say he’s going to throw every day now,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Continue to rehab and strengthen that area of the shoulder, and I would say based on the way he’s feeling — we haven’t practiced yet — but he’s done well.”

The challenge for Brees is building strength.

Pain management is one thing, but Brees ruled himself out last week because he couldn’t get the velocity he’d need on downfield throws. Ten days after the hit, Brees feels strong enough again, although Payton stopped short of declaring his quarterback will return against Dallas on Sunday.

“He’s improved,” Payton said. “His strength, all of that has been positive. We’ll be able to gauge now, when we get into practice today, tomorrow and Friday, and have a better idea of to what degree.”