METAIRIE, La. Eight practices in and the Saints have only four players sitting out with injuries sustained during fall camp.
Three others remain on the physically unable to perform list.
And that's music to Sean Payton's ears.
'I think it has gone well,' Payton said of the first week. 'We've kind of stayed healthy, which has been important.'
Quarterback Seneca Wallace likely won't participate in Saturday's scrimmage after missing three consecutive practices with a groin injury.
Meanwhile, defensive end Tom Johnson (hip) and linebackers Ray Shipman (hamstring) and Martez Wilson (left elbow) also won't participate.
As for those on the PUP list, receiver Marques Colston (foot), cornerback Patrick Robinson (right knee) and linebacker Victor Butler (left knee) haven't seen any change.
Robinson appears to be the closest to returning.
'That's going to be sooner than later from the reports I'm hearing on his injury, so that's good news,' Payton said.
Colston, meanwhile, has spent time each day going through rehabilitation conditioning.
'I think we are getting close,' Payton said of Colston.