New Orleans QB Brees misses practice with Texans

Aug 19, 2009 - 4:19 PM By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON(AP) -- New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who left camp Sunday to attend his mother's funeral, missed the Saints' first practice against the Houston Texans.

Veteran Mark Brunell filled in for Brees in the 90-minute practice Wednesday morning. Saints coach Sean Payton says Brees will be on hand Wednesday afternoon when the teams conduct the second of three planned joint practices.

Mina Brees, an attorney in Austin, died Aug. 7 in Colorado. Her memorial service was Monday night in Austin.

Brees practiced Sunday morning and he has said that he plans to play against Houston on Saturday night.

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