NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The Saints’ 11th practice of training camp fell between their second day off and the first walk through before a preseason game. Sean Payton and his staff are taking medical studies into account when planning the workload for players.
“Today obviously felt different,” Payton said after Wednesday’s practice which started inside before heading outdoors. “I think the one thing that helps is the first forty minutes, we’re stretching in there, we’re going through our walk through in there. That takes some learning that it’s really not a full practice when that is happening, it’s really just relative to stretch, walk through, and then you work to get acclimated. Any time we practice after an off day, it’s always a beginning-to-ramp-up day so it’s an alert injury day statistically. We used to say they were fresh, ready but if you look at any of the studies, you see soft tissue injuries following a day off and so, training, no different than any other sport, there are peaks and valleys. How long are we on the field, what are the drills we’re doing and we’re alert what the challenges can be. Now tomorrow, a little bit more and then you do the same thing and start again so it felt different today.”
Payton will put the team through a light session Thursday, which is closed to the public, before putting them to the test Friday in the preseason opener against Minnesota. Coverage starts at 6:30 PM on FOX8 and all Gray TV affiliates, leading up to the exclusive broadcast of the game at 7 PM.