- Mike Triplett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Drew Brees is expected to watch from the sideline tonight when the New Orleans Saints host the Tennessee Titans inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Although the Saints didn’t make any official announcement, it’s a virtual certainty that Brees won’t play for the second straight week, considering he hasn’t gone through a full practice yet since suffering a strained oblique on Aug. 1.
The bigger curiosity will be next Saturday’s preseason tilt at the Indianapolis Colts. Brees looks as though he might be healthy enough to return to practice next week. And that will be the Saints’ third exhibition game, which is typically the last time the starters play any meaningful snaps during the preseason.
So the Saints will have to weigh what’s the bigger threat -- a risk of re-injury or a risk of rust in Week 1 of the regular season. Stay tuned.
Among other prominent Saints not expected to play tonight are guard Jahri Evans, safety Jairus Byrd, cornerback Champ Bailey, linebacker David Hawthorne, receiver Kenny Stills, defensive tackle John Jenkins, linebacker Victor Butler and fullback Erik Lorig -- all of whom are in various stages of injury rehabs.
Here’s an updated look at the Saints’ unofficial depth chart that is distributed by the team:
* = player not expected to play tonight, based on lack of practice time this week
P -- Thomas Morstead
LS -- Justin Drescher
H -- Luke McCown
PR -- Travaris Cadet, Brandin Cooks, Charles Hawkins
KR -- Travaris Cadet, Brandon Cooks, Charles Hawkins