METAIRIE, La. ― The Saints entered 2010 training camp with General Manager Mickey Loomis proclaiming all those injured heading into the August sessions would be ready within two weeks of the start of camp.
Six weeks into the regular season, free safety Darren Sharper and outside linebacker Clint Ingram are finally set to take the practice field after being placed on the inactive PUP list to open the schedule.
But don’t expect either to just waltz their way onto the 53-man roster as the Saints (4-2) prepare for Sunday’s noon home game against Cleveland (1-5).
“We’ll see how he works out and we’ll see how he practices,” Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said when asked specifically about Sharper. “We’ll see how the knee responds and just play it day-to-day and see the progress.”
Both can practice beginning Tuesday and New Orleans has a 21-day window in which to have them workout with the team before a decision has to be made. A move can be made at any point within that time frame.
Nevertheless, the evaluation process has been ongoing for both Sharper and Ingram. While they haven’t been allowed to practice, they were able to rehabilitate at the Saints’ Airline Drive facility and each day, Payton received an update from the training staff as with any injured player.
“When we talk medically about our players, those two names come up every day in the discussion – where they’re at, timetable,” Payton said. “We try to pay close attention to their progress.”
Meanwhile, Payton didn’t give any update in regard to cornerback Jabari Greer’s injured left upper appendage, which was wrapped heavily in ice by the end of the game.
“We’ll go through all the series of tests and see where he’s at on Wednesday and keep you guys updated like we always do,” Payton said.
But Monday night during his regular appearance on WWL-AM’s Coaches Show, Payton said, “We will continue to evaluate him day-to-day. Fortunately, it wasn’t near as serious as we anticipated.”