Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that Drew Brees would not be participating in the New Orleans Saints‘ first scrimmage, but it was later revealed that he is suffering from a strained left oblique sustained during a practice earlier. He’s listed as day-to-day and will be monitored by the Saints’ staff, but this isn’t anything to worry about.
If something like this had happened to a young, less-experienced quarterback, there might be reason to worry. But seeing as it is one of the best signal-callers in the game, it’s not that big of a deal. He’s a hard-working guy who won’t get behind on anything, and it’s unlikely that this will prevent him from working with the new guys (at least on some level). He may not even miss many practice sessions, as the team has the next day off to recover from the scrimmage.
Odds are, Brees will be back on the field very soon. He isn’t one of those guys who has battled injuries throughout his career, he’s just suffering from the usual bumps and bruises that come with being one of the older guys in the league. The only reason to worry would be if he continued to suffer from these little ailments, but that’s seriously unlikely.
It is unfortunate that Brees couldn’t play in the scrimmage (it would have been nice to see how he played with the new talent around him), but it isn’t something that should cause an uproar. He’ll be back on the practice field in no time at all and will be in great shape to lead the offense this season.