METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints welcomed quarterback Drew Brees and cornerback Champ Bailey back to practice this week after both missed about a week-and-a-half of training camp work.
Both players, however, are unlikely to play in the Saints' second exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans on Friday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Brees was back in pads for the first time since Aug. 1 after recovering from a strained left oblique muscle. Bailey participated in practice for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury one day before Brees was hurt.
Brees had been day-to-day, according to Saints coach Sean Payton, but played pitch and catch with free safety Jairus Byrd before last Friday's preseason opener with the St. Louis Rams.
On Monday, Brees threw passes to injured wide receiver Kenny Stills, who ran intermediate routes against Bailey.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Brees worked mainly on his conditioning and footwork while other players participated in team drills. Brees graduated to some individual work Wednesday, but still was limited.