METAIRIE, La. ― Five players were listed as did not practice Wednesday during the Saints' first practice in preparation for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

And that includes running back Reggie Bush, who was expected to begin running and testing his leg this week for the first time since breaking his right fibula on Sept. 20.

'He did some today,' Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said. 'We just keep day-to-day taking it and monitoring the progress, monitoring the next day after the workout and we'll go from there.'

Bush was unavailable for comment during the media's open locker room session.

In addition to Bush, running back Pierre Thomas (left ankle), center Jonathan Goodwin (groin), cornerback Jabari Greer (left shoulder) and cornerback Tracy Porter (left knee) did not practice.

Of that group, Goodwin is the most recent injury. He hurt his groin in Sunday's 30-17 loss to Cleveland.

'We held him back today and I think he's going to be able to practice this week,' Payton said. 'Fortunate for us, I don't think it's a significant groin, and yet, painful enough where we wanted to rest him today.'

Porter and Thomas continue their rehab, though Payton stopped short of saying he expects them back.

'Still the normal rehab process,' Payton said. 'Certainly not enough to put them on (the practice) list any differently. They go through rehab, they do the light field work and each day really we monitor how they feel not only in the morning, but how they feel after the training session and activities.'

Linebacker Scott Shanle (left hamstring) was limited, but he said he expects to be back this week.

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