METAIRIE, La. ― Cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer returned to practice Thursday for the first time in more than a month, giving hope that one if not both could return in time for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

But while those two were back, neither Reggie Bush (right fibula) nor Pierre Thomas (left ankle) practiced.

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said he read reports that said Bush won't play and while he didn't refute the notion, he didn't say they weren't right.

'Right now, both with he and Pierre, there's a little bit of wait and see,' Payton said. 'They'd have to do something more than we've seen these first two days.'

In regard to Thomas, Payton said he wouldn't rule out surgery, but added that surgery has never talked about as an option for the running back. Instead, a third doctor said the primary option right now is to keep him off the ankle.

'It's lingering some,' Payton said. 'We had a local foot and ankle specialist two days ago put his eyes on it, which has been the third doctor. The feeling from all sides is let's get the weight off of it here. The swelling has gone down and see if we can get the pain to calm down as well.'

Still, that Porter and Greer practiced was good news. Both were listed as limited.

'I'm encouraged with both Tracy and Jabari in their rehab,' Payton said. 'They were both able to go some today, both with the defense and on the scout team.'

Other players listed as limited on the report were linebacker Scott Shanle (hamstring) and center Jonathan Goodwin (groin).

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