The Saints (10-5) released the injury report after Brees and coach Sean Payton were available to the media, and no questions were asked about the quarterback’s knee. He was seen participating in a portion of practice open to the media, and he was walking around the locker room afterward.
Brees was sacked six times in Sunday’s 17-13 loss at Carolina.
Safety Rafael Bush (ankle) and linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday after missing the last three and four games, respectively. Also limited were linebacker Kevin Reddick (shoulder), tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder), wide receiver Marques Colston (back) and guard Jahri Evans (knee).
Like Brees, all of those players were seen participating in the portion of practice open to the media.
Tight end Josh Hill, who missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, practiced fully Wednesday. So did running back Pierre Thomas, who was listed with an eye injury.
The Saints’ opponents Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11), practiced Tuesday to get Christmas off. Had they practiced Wednesday, defensive end Da’Quan Bowers (knee) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (groin) would’ve missed work.
Safety Mark Barron (hamstring), linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud (knee) and guard Davin Joseph (knee) would’ve been limited. Linebacker Lavonte David (elbow) and defensive tackle Akeem Spence (wrist) would’ve been full. Guard Carl Nicks, the former Saints player who’s been battling a staph infection, is out, the Bucs said.
Vaccaro to IR
The Saints placed hurt safety Kenny Vaccaro on season-ending injured reserve, and they signed cornerback Terrence Frederick from the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad, Payton said.
Vaccaro, New Orleans’ first-round pick this year, fractured his left ankle late in the first quarter of the loss to the Panthers. He finished his rookie campaign with an interception, a forced fumble and 79 tackles, which was third on the Saints after Week 16.
Frederick, 23, entered the NFL as a 2012 seventh-round draft pick out of Texas A&M by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who waived him at the end of the preseason. He signed with the New York Giants’ practice squad and eventually got promoted to the active roster, recording a pair of tackles in the last two games of the season.
“I’m proud to be here, and I’m going to make the most I can out of it,” Frederick said Wednesday.
In another move, the Saints signed rookie free-agent wide receiver Charles Hawkins to the practice squad. Hawkins, a New Orleans native who prepped at St. Augustine and then went to Southern, takes a practice squad spot vacated by wideout Chris Williams, who was intending to sign with another NFL team that neither the Saints nor the league immediately specified.