Saints' Drew Brees still resting injured right foot, sat out Pro Bowl due to injury _lowres

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass while warming up before a game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Monday, December 21, 2015.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Drew Breeshas spent the last month resting the torn plantar fascia in his right foot, and the Saints quarterback is close to being back to full strength.

Brees, who played on the injury for the final two and a half games of the season, has taken the time to let the injury heal in the past month.

That’s why Brees didn’t make the 10th Pro Bowl appearance of his career last week despite leading the NFL with 4,870 passing yards, tossing 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in a performance Sean Payton called one of Brees’ best.

“Just making sure that it heals properly before I start training,” Brees said. “Otherwise, I probably would have played.”

Brees, who has spent a busy week in San Francisco bouncing from panels to interviews to charitable functions and back again, told The Advocate on Wednesday night that the injury has healed well so far this offseason.

“It’s good, I’m taking it easy,” Brees said. “I’m, what, five weeks out now, so I’m still being careful, I’m not being careless or anything.”