New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was ready to focus on football Thursday as he returned to practice for the first time since his mother's funeral.
Brees, who last practiced on Sunday, was back on the field as the Saints wrapped up their joint practice with the Texans.
Mina Brees, an attorney in Austin, died Aug. 7 in Colorado. There was a public memorial service on Monday and the family gathered for a private ceremony Wednesday.
He said time has helped him deal with his mother's death and that he can focus on his work now.
"When my mom first passed away, it was just such a shock," he said. "And now that it's been almost two weeks, and we've already had the memorial services, so to have those and feel like there's some sense of closure, that makes it [where] I'm able to compartmentalize that enough and try to think about football."