METAIRIE, La. — Five Saints players, including receiver Marques Colston, could find their names on the initial physically unable to perform list Friday morning as New Orleans’ three-week training camp gets underway.
Saints coach Sean Payton broached the topic early in his nearly 25 minute back-to-training-camp media session Thursday.
New Orleans will enter training camp relatively healthy, with only linebacker Victor Butler’s torn anterior cruciate ligament being a serious issue.
When asked why Butler wasn’t placed on the injured reserve after ACL surgery, general manager Mickey Loomis said the team didn’t have to.
“As long as we want to keep him on our 90-man roster, which we do, we want to see how his rehab goes,” Loomis said. “And look, if there’s a possibility he could be back before the end of the season and into a playoff run, we might have that opportunity to be able to designate him as a player to return.”
As for Colston, Payton said the team is “being cautious and trying to rest” him for a few days with a foot injury.
Defensive backs Patrick Robinson and Roman Harper both had offseason surgery, which is why they’ll be on PUP, Payton said.
Robinson had offseason “scope” procedure done to clean up an issue with one of his knees and will be week-to-week, the coach said.
Harper, meanwhile, had sports hernia surgery and will likely be limited to begin, though Payton said, “I think we’ll have him.”
Rookie receiver Kenny Stills has a wrist injury and also could start out as limited.
The good injury news - tight end Benjamin Watson, who sat out during organized team activities and minicamp, is ready to go for Friday morning.