Brees (foot) is not expected to need surgery to repair the torn plantar fascia in his right heel, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. Brees visited with Dr. Robert Anderson, who recommended that the quarterback rest for four-to-six weeks before easing back into training activities. The foot injury didn't stop Brees from finishing the season on a high note, as he threw for 300+ yards (without any interceptions) in each of his final four games. There have been some reports suggesting that the Saints might move on if Brees won't take an outright pay cut for 2016, but it's hard to imagine that any team would actually be so foolish. If anything, Brees will likely be offered an extension that allows him to take home even more money in 2016 while also reducing his cap hit. He's still one of the top quarterbacks in the league, and his 2016 outlook is brightened by the emergence of Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.
Brees completed 32 of 42 passes for 323 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Atlanta. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks that Sunday could be Brees' and head coach Sean Payton's final game in gold and black. If that's the case, Brees has put together a heck of a resume for his future employer in recent weeks, averaging 347 yards per game with a 9-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his final four games as the Saints went 3-1. Over the past two weeks, Brees has reportedly battled the same foot injury that has sidelined Peyton Manning. In those two games, Brees has managed to collect 735 yards and four touchdowns.
Brees (foot) is listed as active Sunday at Atlanta, the Saints' official site reports. Despite tending to a Grade 2 tear of the plantar fascia near his right heel, Brees will step foot on the field within striking distance of the fifth 5,000-yard campaign of his noted career. While he needs 453 yards to do so, he's thrown for at least that much on one occasion this season, in a Week 8 shootout with the Giants.
Brees (foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Brees is thus on track to continue to play through his foot issue in the Saints' season finale, on the heels of throwing for 412 yards and three TDs, with no picks in Week 16's win over the Jags.
Brees (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, the Saints' official site reports. After a limited showing Thursday, Brees will log more practice reps than a week ago if he completes individual drills Friday as well. Don't expect much more activity, though, as he treads carefully on the Grade 2 tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot, which he sustained in Week 15.
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