FOXBOROUGH, Mass. ― Saints officialssayLynell Hamilton has torn his right ACLand will miss the upcoming season.

It happened during a light practice when there was little to no hitting happening. He cut to go through the line and went down. Assistants had to help him off the field.

'It was something that was kind of a freak deal,' Payton said after the practice. 'He planted and it was his knee.'

Fellow running back Reggie Bush talked to Hamilton after practice, but wasn't sure how bad the injury is.

'I don't know exactly because I'm not a doctor, but I'm hoping for the best and praying for him,' Bush said.

Bush returned to practice fully Wednesday morning after sitting out for the team portion of practice Tuesday. Bush said he was dehydrated and had some cramping, but was fine by the morning.

Rod Harper (left hip) and the PUP players Darren Sharper (left knee), linebacker Clint Ingram (left knee) and Robert Meachem (toe) all sat out the session.

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