New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was ready to focus on football as he returned to practice for the first time since his mother's funeral.
Brees, who last practiced on Sunday, was back on the field as the Saints wrapped up their joint practice with the Texans on Thursday morning.
Mina Brees, an attorney in Austin, died Aug. 7 in Colorado. There was a public memorial service on Monday and the family gathered for a private ceremony Wednesday.
Brees says it took a few snaps to get back into rhythm but he'll definitely be ready to start on Saturday when New Orleans plays Houston.
He says this difficult time was made easier by the support of his team. Saints owner Tom Benson let a group of players and coaches use his private jet to attend Monday's service.