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Friday, April 07, 2006

New Saint QB Rehabs

Much of Saints coach Sean Payton's breakfast with the media at the league meetings was spent talking about quarterback Drew Brees' surgically-repaired throwing shoulder.
Brees, the former San Diego Chargers quarterback, was signed to a six-year, $60 million contract -- including an $8 million signing bonus -- on March 15 even though he underwent surgery after being injured in the Chargers' regular-season finale on Jan. 1.
Payton barely had time to eat his breakfast on Wednesday before he was bombarded by questions about Brees' rehab, the megabucks deal and learning a new offense under Payton.
Brees' injury became big news when the Saints outbid other NFL teams to get the 27-year-old signed just two months after being operated on by Dr. James Andrews. Several teams declined to get into a bidding war for his services because of the surgery.
While he admitted that there is some uncertainty about how quickly Brees will bounce back, Payton said a lot of that will depend "on the person going through the rehab."
A lot of the doubt from outsiders comes from the fact that the injury occurred so late in the season and a seven-month recovery period leaves Brees missing, or being limited for, a good portion of training camp.
Payton, however, said the goal is for Brees to begin throwing during the team's second minicamp from June 2-4 and be "throwing 100 percent full-go" by camp, which will like open on July 27.
Brees, who has been splitting his rehab between New Orleans and Birmingham, Ala., will be at the team's first minicamp next weekend.
"I think early June," Payton said, "that camp in June is kind of a little bit of a goal for us."

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