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Drew Brees designated to return from IR in Week 15, expected to start on Sunday

The Saints might get Drew Brees back in Week 15.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, ruled out with a rib injury, on the field prior to kickoff against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Friday PM update: Sean Payton told the media the plan is for Brees to start on Sunday vs. the Chiefs.

Friday AM update: Adam Schefter is reporting Brees will start on Sunday vs. the Chiefs.

Thursday update: Sean Payton told the media late Wednesday that Brees still has “a ways to go” in his recovery, per Mike Triplett. That does not bode well for his chances of playing on Sunday, but we’ll know more on Friday.

Drew Brees has returned to practice and now has three weeks to be activated from injured reserve, per Nick Underhill. His status this week will likely be kept close to coach Sean Payton’s chest, but he does have a chance to return in a big matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brees had multiple fractures in his ribs as well as a punctured lung that needed to heal during his stint on I.R. It appears he is feeling good enough to practice, the question will be if he is 100 percent and can do everything he usually does.

Brees was replaced by Taysom Hill, who has helped the teams to a 3-1 record while Brees has been gone. But, Hill also had some fairly easy matchups and the Kansas City Chiefs are an entirely different animal.

There’s no doubt the Saints want to get Brees back under center, but with a playoff spot all but locked up, the team needs Brees more in the playoffs than they do in this game. Beating the Chiefs would be a big win, but in the grand scheme, it wouldn’t do all that much to help them in their quest of the Super Bowl.