Saints expect Marques Colston, Jairus Byrd back soon despite being on the Physically Unable to Perform list _lowres

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Baltimore Ravens strong safety Matt Elam, middle rear, and free safety Terrence Brooks, right, during an NFL footba

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — New Orleans expectsMarques Colston and Jairus Byrd to return to the field soon despite placing both key veterans on the physically unable to perform list.

“Where they’re at right now, it’s pretty common,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Those guys are going to be able to do that sooner than later. It’s not unusual. I don’t expect them to be there for a long period of time.”

The Saints’ decision-makers aren’t concerned about any of the players who will start camp off the field due to injury.

Defensive tackle Glenn Foster has joined Colston and Byrd on the PUP list. Cornerback Brian Dixon, linebacker Davis Tull, running back Marcus Murphy and offensive lineman Antonio Johnson will all start the season on the non-football injury list.

“We don’t see any of those as being long term, we feel good about where those guys are at,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. “We knew that some of them would linger into the first part of training camp. The two guys you mentioned (Colston and Byrd) are veteran players. They’ll be ready to roll soon enough.”