Saints generally healthy going into first practice

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to reporters on the first day of reporting for training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Show caption
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks to reporters on the first day of reporting for training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Saints begin preseason workouts on Friday with only one player - outside linebacker Victor Butler - expected to miss extensive playtime.

Butler suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament near the end of organized team activities in June and is being kept on the physically unable to perform list rather than injured reserve while it's being determined whether he might be able to return before the end of the season.
Otherwise Saints Coach Sean Payton said the four players likely to start training camp on the PUP - safety Roman Harper (sports hernia), cornerback Patrick Robinson (knee), wide receiver Marques Colston (foot) and rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills (wrist), all should be able to go at some point during training camp, and more likely sooner than later.

"Patrick we're taking on a week by week basis," Payton said. "The others we're monitoring, but it's nothing serious."

The team's first two days of workouts at the Saints Practice Facility on Airline Drive in Metairie are helmets and shoulder pads only. Sunday will be the first day in full pads.

All outdoor practice sessions begin at 8:50 AM and are open to the public."

The team said there were two players who did not complete conditioning drills, but would not name them.