Payton on Saints CB Champ Bailey’s absence: ‘We don’t discuss injuries’

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Saints cornerback Champ Bailey’s absence from training camp practice Friday was unexplained by coach Sean Payton.

“No status,” Payton said when asked about where Bailey was. “We don’t discuss injuries during training camp. That’s not new, either.”

A reporter then followed up with, “So he’s injured?” Payton replied, “Next question.”

After participating in the first six days of training camp practices at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, Bailey was absent from a walkthrough Thursday afternoon. He was not spotted at the practice field Friday morning.

Bailey had a preseason foot injury in 2013 and was limited to just eight games in his last year in Denver, three of which were in the playoffs and included the Broncos’ loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, after apparently tweaking an ankle Thursday, Saints Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan was in pads Friday but was not going through drills.

Others present but not participating in drills were left guard Ben Grubbs, wide receiver Kenny Stills, wide receiver Steve Hull, cornerback Terrence Frederick and nose tackle John Jenkins (on the physically unable to perform list after reportedly undergoing pec surgery during the offseason).

Stills tweaked a quad on July 25 and hasn’t been back. Grubbs (undisclosed) last participated in drills Sunday. Payton has been relatively vocal about both of their injuries.

Hull (undisclosed) cramped up Monday and came back for Tuesday and Thursday before sitting out Friday. Frederick (undisclosed) pulled up in punt coverage late in practice Thursday but didn’t return.

Reserve tackle Ty Nsekhe wasn’t spotted at practice after participating in virtually all prior drills.