Saints battered after Atlanta loss

Brace yourselves, Saints fans. Quarterback Drew Brees showed up at practice Wednesday wearing a brace on his left knee.

Stop hyperventilating because it doesn’t sound serious at all. Brees, who normally does not wear a knee brace, was not listed on the official injury report. Coach Sean Payton said Brees was experiencing a little soreness, but was able to go through the full practice without any problems.

But the rest of the Saints are a bit battered after Sunday’s 27-24 loss to Atlanta. Running back Pierre Thomas did not practice because of an ankle injury. Payton’s not ruling Thomas out for Sunday’s home game against Carolina, but this is a concern for a team that’s had a string of injuries at running back dating back to training camp.

Reggie Bush already is out for about a month with a broken leg. If Thomas can’t play against the Panthers, that would leave the Saints with Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts as their running backs. Ivory just got his first action on Sunday after missing two games and much of the preseason with a knee injury. The veteran Betts also is coming back from a knee injury and was re-signed by the Saints after being cut in the preseason.

The Saints also have DeShawn Wynn on the practice squad and he could be elevated to the regular roster if Thomas isn’t ready to play.