Saints QB Drew Brees intends to practice with the team this week ahead of their Week 8 clash with the Cardinals this Sunday.  In an interview with WWL Radio, Brees says his return to the field is near.

“I’m going to see how it feels.  It’s one of those things where I’m tired of just throwing on air.  I need some action.  I need some competition,” said Brees.

Brees was injured in the Week 2 loss to the Rams. Following surgery on his throwing hand, the initial prognosis of return was set at six weeks.  A comeback at the dome this week would be right on schedule with that timeline.

Brees says this week’s practice will be the gauge on the possibility of a return.

“Gripping a football and being able to throw it while someone is hitting you and throwing it fifty yards and put it in a spot where nobody else can get it.  There’s a lot that goes into this and you’ve got to have that strength and stability at that really wide range of motion,” said Brees.

The Saints are on a five-game win streak with Teddy Bridgewater starting in the absence of Brees.  The Black and Gold picked up a 36-25 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Brees says he has been impressed with the team’s performance in his absence.

“We knew coming into this game that the key to the victory was going to be to control the lines of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and that’s what we did.  Offensive line was phenomenal.  You could feel it, every time we ran the ball, we were pushing the line, we were getting four and five yards a pop,” said Brees.

The 6-1 Saints host the 3-3-1 Arizona Cardinals for a noon kickoff.  The Cardinals are currently on a three-game win streak.