METAIRIE, La. — Receiver Marques Colston will travel to Houston for the Saints’ preseason game against the Texans on Sunday, but coach Sean Payton will wait and see whether he’ll play.
“He’s going to make the trip,” Payton said. “I really want to see how he feels after today’s practice and see how tomorrow morning is after he moved around. H e practiced pretty well today or he did more today than he has to date. We’ll kind of play it by ear.”
Colston has yet to play in a preseason game and has missed practices intermittently after beginning the season on the physically unable to perform list with a foot issue. Payton said there’s a chance he plays some in the fourth and final preseason game just to get some work in before the regular season begins.
Cornerback Patrick Robinson, meanwhile, is set to play for the first time this preseason after beginning camp on the PUP. Payton said the fourth-year defensive back has had a good week of practice and that because he’s just now getting into the swing of things, may end up playing in some of the fourth and final preseason game.
Linebackers Jonathan Vilma and Will Herring haven’t been ruled out by Payton, though the former hasn’t practiced since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery nearly two weeks ago. Herring practiced for the second day in a row after missing two workouts earlier in the week.
The news wasn’t nearly as good for fullback Jed Collins, who missed his third consecutive practice Friday, sitting out with what Payton described as “small injury.” Collins likely won’t go to Houston, though Payton said the injury isn’t significant.
Linebackers Jonathan Vilma (left knee) and Junior Galette (undisclosed) along with receiver Joseph Morgan (left knee) were out.
Morgan will most likely end up on the injured reserve after partially tearing his meniscus and tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in the Black & Gold scrimmage.
Linebacker Chris Chamberlain continues to be excused from practice to tend to what Payton called family matters.