FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Eight players sat out practice Tuesday, a list that’s bigger than at any time in training camp previously this season for the New Orleans Saints.
But acting head coach Joe Vitt didn’t elaborate on any of them, saying only that the players were out with “nicks and bruises.”
The carnage included one running back, three receivers, one offensive lineman, one defensive lineman, one linebacker and one cornerback.
In fact, the Saints No. 1 cornerback during practice against the Patriots was fourth on their depth chart – Marquis Johnson.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would rather have his starters practicing, but the timing at least is OK.
“We’re kind of getting dinged up right now,” Spagnuolo said. “I went through that last year unfortunately losing a lot of corners, so I don’t want to go through it again. But I’d rather have it happen now and get the guys to bounce back and have them for the regular season.”
Running back Mark Ingram sat out along with offensive guard Andrew Tiller, linebacker David Hawthorne and cornerback Jabari Greer.
Ingram began preseason practicing every other day after having offseason surgery on both a knee and his foot. Ingram ran four times for 14 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against Arizona.
Those not on the practice field at all were receiver Adrian Arrington, Devery Henderson and Nick Toon and defensive lineman Tom Johnson.
And the list grew by one midway through practice. Cornerback Johnny Patrick left with head trainer Scottie Patton.
Meanwhile, cornerback Patrick Robinson returned to practice after missing four practices and the preseason opener against Arizona, working in shells, shorts and a helmet.
Additionally, receiver Kevin Hardy and linebacker Ramon Humber did non-contact work per the new CBA because they hadn’t gone through three non-padded days since being signed.