METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- Drew Brees' left ankle isn't hurting as much as his pride is right now.
Brees is listed on this week's first injury report because a hit from which he got up limping during Sunday's 35-27 loss at Carolina.
Nonetheless he's taken every snap in Wednesday's practice, and says he is determined to improve on early season performances that have fallen short of expectations during New Orleans' 0-2 start
Brees says he feels a responsibility to live up to the hope that he can give New Orleans a chance to win despite the NFL's bounty probe and resulting suspensions.
However, Brees has thrown four interceptions in the first two games, and has completed a little less than 55 percent of his passes, well below his NFL record of 71.2 percent last season.
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