Thursday's roundup: Brees says he'll play through pain

Associated Press

New Orleans — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he has every intention of playing against Jacksonville on Sunday, despite a right foot injury.

All he has to do is convince coach Sean Payton, who hasn't named a starting quarterback for the Saints' home finale.

Brees says he has a torn plantar fascia ligament, which he says is painful but not necessarily too debilitating to prevent him from being effective.

The injury occurred during the second quarter of Monday night's loss against Detroit, but Brees never missed a snap, finishing with 341 yards and three touchdowns.

Brees, who did not practice Thursday, says he's been told the injury won't require surgery.

McCoy's 'toughest year' 

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says he has played most of the season with a torn right rotator cuff and the past two weeks with a broken left hand that required surgery.

The sixth-year pro said he's kept quiet about the severity of his injuries until now because he didn't want it to seem as though he was making excuses for not being as effective as usual in some games.

McCoy was announced as a Pro Bowl selection for the fourth straight season Tuesday.

"This has been my toughest year mentally," said McCoy, who has missed one game this year, sitting out Dec. 6 against Atlanta after breaking his left hand at Indianapolis the previous week.

The defensive tackle said he tore his rotator cuff in Week 2 at New Orleans. Meanwhile, his broken hand required the insertion of a plate and screws in what the Bucs described at the time as a minor procedure.

"I'm not going to make excuses," said McCoy, who leads the Bucs with 71/2 sacks, said. "I just kept playing."

Thursday's moves

The Giants have filled Odell Beckham Jr.'s space on the roster by promoting receiver Ben Edwards from their practice squad.

Beckham does not count on the roster because he is suspended for a game for his actions last Sunday against Carolina. His appeal of his suspension was denied Wednesday.

... Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was held out of practice for the second consecutive day as he deals with a sprained left ankle. Coach Mike Zimmer said the Pro Bowl back should be ready for Sunday night's game against the Giants.

... The Colts have signed quarterback Stephen Morris to the active roster and placed cornerback D'Joun Smith on injured reserve.

... Falcons rookie running back Tevin Coleman has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol after slipping in the shower and hitting his head. Coach Dan Quinn says Coleman was at team headquarters when he fell on Wednesday.

... Bills coach Rex Ryan says he's taking the approach that running back LeSean McCoy will not play against Dallas on Sunday because of an injured right knee.