Return Of Champ Bailey, Drew Brees Lifts Major Burden Off New Orleans Saints

By William Potter
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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints‘ training camp has been somewhat plagued by injuries, but things are starting to look up. Drew Brees put on pads for the first time since straining his oblique muscle, and Champ Bailey (unspecific injury) participated in walkthroughs and position drills, though he did not do any live contact.

Needless to say, Brees returning to practice is a huge boost for the team, though it has been interesting to watch the competition between Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown for the backup job. His injury is, almost undoubtedly, something that will pass soon enough, so his swift return doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

Bailey’s return has a big impact. This secondary is one of the best to ever sport black and gold, but they have been severely plagued by injury thus far (Jairus Byrd has been recovering from surgery and Patrick Robinson left practice with an undisclosed ailment, to name a few). Sure, Bailey has been largely involved in team meetings and position discussions, but it’s nice to see him healthy with some time left to prepare for the season.

There are still plenty of injuries on the Saints’ roster to be concerned about, but these are two big burdens that can finally start to be lifted. There’s still plenty of time for other players to get back into the swing of things before the regular season, so there isn’t any reason for fans to worry yet. Right now, everyone should just be happy that these two stars are getting back to work.

William Potter is a New Orleans Saints writer for Rant Sports. Follow him @potter_taylor, like him on Facebook and add him to Google.

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