Drew Brees sat out the Black and Gold game on Saturday due to oblique injury. According to Coach Sean Payton, the injury occurred Friday at practice and they will be addressing the injury “day to day” till Brees fills up to returning. Payton still declined to reveal any specific details on the injury that kept veteran corner back Champ Bailey absent for the past
two days of practice. “I don’t think its anything too serious, and its a matter of just making sure he’s healthy,” Payton said when pressed about Bailey’s injury. “I do expect him back soon but I would rather not put a time on it.” Jarius Byrd was dressed in pads and participated in individual warmups, but did not make an appearance in Saturday’s scrimmage. According to Payton, the team wants to be cautious when working Byrd back into everything, after he returned earlier in the week from back surgery.Others who did not participate include; receiver Kenny Stills (quad), cornerback Terrance Frederick (undisclosed), offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe (undisclosed), guard Ben Grubs (undisclosed), defensive tackle John Jenkins (pectoral) and receiver Steve Hull (undisclosed). Tight end Je’Ron Hamm was helped off the field by trainers after laying on the field briefly following a special teams collision.