Source: Saints' Brees, Thomas set to face Bucs

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METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees and Michael Thomas are both expected to play in the New Orleans Saints‘ critical NFC South showdown at Tampa Bay, a source told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

There is little doubt about Brees’ status after he practiced fully on Friday and was not listed with any injury designation on Friday’s injury report.

Thomas, meanwhile, is officially listed as questionable. But he practiced on a limited basis every day this week, which gives the Saints a great chance to finally have their full offense intact for the first time since their previous victory over the Buccaneers in Week 1.

Saints coach Sean Payton declined to give a definitive answer on either player’s status when asked about them before the injury report was released, saying, “We’ll see. I thought we had a good week of preparation. And we’ll wait ’til game day.” Brees’ status was in some doubt when he was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday with an injury to his right throwing shoulder. He was working individually off to the side without pads during the early portion of Thursday’s practice open to the media. But he was back

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