New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees appears to be winning his race against time to be fit for his team's final regular season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.
Brees was placed on the injured reserve list this week after picking up a knee injury that cast doubt over his participation in the match-up at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
However he took a full part in training on Thursday and is expected to take to the field against the Bucs as the Saints look to secure their place in the play-offs.
When quizzed about Brees' injury, Saints coach Sean Payton said: "He's fine. He had a right knee bruise.
"There's nothing more to it than that. And yet we thought it was best [if] we limited the amount of snaps he's getting. ... We just felt like we had a day to do that."
when pushed about how freely Brees was moving in training, Payton added: Yeah, absolutely [he's moving fine]. You wouldn't have noticed it."
Brees, who has never missed an NFL game through injury, was roughed up in the Saints' key defeat against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, and was sacked six times - a season high.
Despite that setback, Brees is on the verge of creating yet more history - he needs 219 passing yards against Tampa Bay to record the fourth 5,000-yard season of his career - a feat never achieved in NFL history.
He's very durable," Payton said of his quarterback. "He's still someone that is very decisive with the football. I think this, I think that he has a great understanding of where he wants to go by coverage and a lot of times he is able to avoid pressures. ...
"He has just been very consistent and he brings and works exceptionally hard at keeping himself in great shape."