Payton says Meachem, Grubbs could be back "in the next day or so"

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Veteran Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem is expected to be back “in the next day or so” after missing practices Sunday and Monday, and the same is true of Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs after he was sidelined Monday, coach Sean Payton said.

Meachem had been dealing with back tightness, and Grubbs was being given veteran rest, Payton has said. They each watched Monday’s activities in shorts and without pads. Meachem had been in that attire as well on Sunday, when Grubbs was in pads and a helmet but didn’t do much.

Payton did not put the same time frame on when Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills may return from a quad strain he had during drills Friday. Stills did some conditioning work Monday.

That was also the case with safety Jairus Byrd (back) and nose tackle John Jenkins (pec, reportedly) — who are on the physically unable to perform list — as well as non-football injury designee Tavon Rooks, the rookie tackle. They each did conditioning work.