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METAIRIE, La. ― Randall Gay once again missed practice for the Saints, increasing the chances of a limited role in New Orleans' Sunday showdown at Tampa Bay.

The cornerback sat out Wednesday with headaches, the same reason Head Coach Sean Payton held him out a day later. Gay played against Arizona two weeks after suffering a concussion in the Sept. 26 loss to Atlanta.

'In order for him to be ready ready, his symptoms have to be clear and we all have to feel comfortable that they are, whether it's the light or the headaches, some of those things that have kind of come back,'Head Coach Sean Payton said. 'Those things we have to feel confident that are no longer presence.'

But Gay wasn't alone as running back Pierre Thomas missed his third Thursday in a row. He, too, was injured in the Atlanta game but unlike Gay, Thomas has yet to return.

'This is not high,' Payton said. 'This is down in the lower portion. A lot of it is symptomatic. In other words, as the symptoms dissipate, you can increase land-based activities and you can do that. The swelling has significantly gone away. Now it's just getting it strong enough where at his position he can cut on it and plant off of it.'

Safety Roman Harper (hamstring) returned after a one-day absence and was limited along with defensive end Will Smith (groin) and linebacker Scott Shanle (hamstring).

Also not practicing but not expected to running back Reggie Bush (right fibula) and cornerback Tracy Porter (knee).

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