METAIRIE, La. Outside linebacker Victor Butler went down with a knee injury a little more than midway through the Saints' Tuesday organized team activity, but coach Sean Payton believes he'll be OK.
'He banged knees with Mark (Ingram),' Payton said. 'I think he's going to be all right.'
The tense moment occurred during the second team period of the day. Ingram caught a swing a pass going to his right and as he turned up the field, he collided with Butler.
The linebacker immediately fell to the ground, leaning over on his knees before trainers rushed to his side. After several moments, Butler was helped up and off the field by two members of the staff.
Ingram briefly went to see if Butler was OK before the linebacker was taken inside.
Players aren't supposed to have any contact other than incidental during OTAs and minicamp per league rules. Tackling is prohibited.
Payton thinks his players have done a good job staying away from prohibited contact.
'I think the tempo has been pretty good,' Payton said. 'Guys have worked together for the most part. Guys have stayed off the ground. Guy have handled that part of it pretty well.'
Meanwhile, tight end Benjamin Watson, cornerback Ryan Steed, offensive lineman Terron Armstead, safety Roman Harper and cornerback Patrick Robinson all sat out today's practice. Linebacker Rufus Johnson also missed.