METAIRIE, La. — Right tackle Jahri Evans and running back Mark Ingram both sat out New Orleans’ Wednesday practice, two of seven players to miss the first session of the week.
Evans had his right leg looked at during Sunday’s game and has been listed throughout the season on the Saints’ injury report with a back issue. This time it’s a hamstring issue that kept him out of practice. The former All-Pro guard has had three holding penalties called on him this season after having only four in each of the past two seasons.
Ingram was dressed out in pads during the team’s stretching period, which is open to media covering the team on a daily basis. He ended up missing practice with a toe injury, however.
Safety Roman Harper didn’t go through the session after playing only 69 percent of the defensive snaps in New Orleans’ game against Tampa Bay. The eight-year veteran was listed as questionable for that game after not practicing on Friday with an unspecified knee injury, which kept him out of Wednesday’s practice.
Nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley (calf), defensive end Tom Johnson (hamstring) and safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle) also didn’t practice. Like Ingram, defensive end Glenn Foster (ankle) was dressed for practice but didn’t go through the session.
The good news for a defense that has been hit hard by injury was the return, albeit on a limited basis, of defensive end Tyrunn Walker (knee)
Everyone else on the roster was full.