The Saints are 0-4 without Payton at the helm. Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer is serving as interim coach for the first six games. Vitt, who oversaw the staff during the offseason and training camp, is expected to retake the reins upon his return in Week 8, when the Saints, who have a bye next week, play their seventh game at Denver.
If any of the three suspended men show for Sunday night's game, Brees said it possibly could provide an emotional boost for the team. But the quarterback stressed that was not his motivation for wanting them there.
"We know we have a job to do, and it's to win this game, it's to prepare ourselves the best we can throughout this week," Brees said. "None of those guys will be in the locker room. It's not like we're getting a pregame speech from anybody. We know what we need to do. I felt that it was important that those guys be there because they are a part of this. ... Despite the circumstances, they are as big a part of this as anybody, and it felt like they deserved the opportunity to be here, and I appreciate the commissioner giving permission for them to do that."
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