Drew Brees is expected to take some practice reps for the first time Wednesday after his Tuesday throwing session went well during the Saints' off day, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.
This is the latest encouraging step for Brees, who told Werder on Monday that he received positive reviews from Dr. James Andrews after a comprehensive shoulder evaluation in Birmingham, Ala.
Brees has not thrown during a practice since he suffered a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was ruled out of this past Sunday's game at the Carolina Panthers because he and coach Sean Payton agreed that he didn't have enough strength or velocity yet. It was the first game Brees missed due to injury since high school.
Both Brees and Payton have said they are optimistic he will be able to return for Sunday night's home date with the Dallas Cowboys. But they have both described Brees' status as "day to day." Brees has stressed that the decision will be based on how much strength and "functionality" he feels he has in his arm rather than an issue of pain tolerance or risk of re-injury, the story said.