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METAIRIE, La. (AP) – Saints coach Sean Payton says he expects quarterback Drew Brees to return as starter against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night in the Superdome.

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Brees missed the Saints’ loss in Carolina last Sunday because of a bruised rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder.

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Brees, who is the Saints’ career passing leader, has been taking first-team snaps during practices since Wednesday and making an array of throws while working on his rehabilitation.

If Brees does start as planned, he’ll return to a club that is 0-3 and in desperate need of a victory.

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