METAIRIE, La. — Seven players missed practice for the Saints on Thursday, but the one who returned may just offset the amount players who didn't work out.
Right guard Jahri Evans missed his first career game this past Sunday with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice all last week. Thursday, though, he was limited and afterwards, said he is expecting to play Monday night against Miami.
“For me it was hard not to be out there,” Evans said. “I wanted to be out there. But we got the win and that’s what matters. We’re 3-0 going into Week 4 and trying to be 4-0 and I’ll be able to help my team do that.”
Running back Mark Ingram, meanwhile, missed his fourth consecutive practice with a toe injury. In the locker room after practice, he declined to talk about his injury.
Ingram was joined on the sideline by defensive end Tyrunn Walker (knee), defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (calf), defensive end Tom Johnson (hamstring), safety Roman Harper (knee), receiver Lance Moore (hand) and offensive guard Tim Lelito (calf).
Besides Evans, cornerback Jabari Greer (back), safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle) and cornerback Chris Carr (knee) all were limited.
For Evans, Monday could mark the beginning of another streak. He started 114 consecutive regular season games before sitting out against Arizona. But Evans isn’t looking short term in his eighth season.
“That was something to be proud of but it’s more important to be here for my team in the long run than missing a string of games,” Evans said. “Fortunate it wasn’t too serious where I had to miss more than one. I’ll be back out there this week.”