Saints Morning Briefing: Tuesday (Aug. 26) _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Rusty Costanza -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham runs with the ball as corner back, Patrick Robinson, right, tries to strip away the ball during practice at Saints Camp in Metairie.

The Saints' 2014 training camp -- which began in West Virginia on July 24 before returning to the area after Aug. 13 -- officially breaks after practice Tuesday morning. Weather permitting, it's free and open to fans and scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the team's practice facility (5800 Airline Drive in Metairie).

This is the public's last chance to see the Saints practice until after the 2014 season is over.

ABOUT YESTERDAY: Saints quarterback Drew Brees did not attend practice Monday in order to be with his wife, who was expected to soon give birth to their fourth child and first daughter.

New Orleans announced three cuts after practice: WR Andy Tanner, T Ty Nsekhe and S Ty Zimmerman, who were all hurt. Then, TE Travis Beckum tweeted he had been released. A source told The Advocate G/T Manase Foketi had been informed he'd be waived. WWL Radio's Kristian Garic reported the Saints planned to release LB Victor Butler, who missed all of 2013 with a preseason knee injury and had been sidelined for much of training camp hurt.

On the field, QB Luke McCown and C Jonathan Goodwin worked with the first string from wire to wire. McCown is competing with Ryan Griffin to be Brees' understudy. Veteran Goodwin appears to be zeroing in on the first-string gig at center, for which he has competed against second-year interior lineman Tim Lelito.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Aside from news about the possible birth of Brees' child, the Saints world will be eagerly anticipating the rest of the Saints'. The Saints have until 3 p.m. local time Tuesday to reduce their roster to 75 players.

After making four cuts last week, the Saints had no more than 81 players on their roster late Monday night -- 80 if Butler's release is counted. That would leave six -- if not five -- cuts to learn about Tuesday.

The Saints rest Wednesday and then face Baltimore in their final 2014 preseason exhibition on Thursday. After winning their first three exhibitions this year, the Saints will be trying to finish the preseason undefeated for the first time in their history.

Then, by 3 p.m. local time Saturday, they'll need to reduce their roster to 53 players.