METAIRIE, La. — Saints linebacker Martez Wilson went down with a left elbow injury Monday late during 11-on-11 drills, thinning a position that already was hit with the loss of Victor Butler in organized team activities.
“Right now we’ll see where he’s at,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “The next guy would be up. I don’t anticipate it being a real significant injury.”
Wilson had been working with the second-team at strong side outside linebacker. With him possibly out for at least the short term, the next man up could be either third-year player Baraka Atkins or rookie Rufus Johnson.
Wilson has been working behind Junior Galette in the new 3-4 defense, occasionally taking first-team snaps as new coordinator Rob Ryan installs the system.
The position likely would have been Butler’s, but in the final week of OTA’s, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Linebacker Curtis Lofton sat out most of practice, though Payton gave no reason why. Ramon Humber and Chris Chamberlain both took repetitions with the first team in his place.
Meanwhile, receiver Saalim Hakim went into the training room with cramps.
The PUP list players remained the same, with receiver Marques Colston (foot), Butler and cornerback Patrick Robinson (right knee) sitting out for the fourth-straight practice.
Receiver Jarred Fayson (dehydration) still hasn’t practiced and linebacker Ray Shipman (hamstring) missed practice for the first time this training camp.