METAIRIE — Saints coach Sean Payton announced a couple of changes to the team’s training camp schedule after Monday morning’s practice.
Payton had scheduled a morning practice for Tuesday and an off day for the Saints on Wednesday. Instead, the Saints will be off Tuesday and will return to the practice field at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday for a workout that will be open to the public—weather permitting.
There are still many players who can’t practice until Thursday, after a new collective bargaining agreement is finally ratified. As a result, Payton is working with few players at several positions — including cornerback and the offensive line.
Only 62 of the 70 players on the roster were healthy enough to practice Monday morning and Payton said many of them were getting “75 to 80 percent” of the repetitions in the first four days of practice.
“We had only three cornerbacks practicing at the end of practice and had three offensive linemen playing two positions,” Payton said. “We had only three tackles available, but we have more depth at other positions.”
Teams normally carry 80 players on their roster for the start of training camp, but veteran free agents who signed deals after the lockout was lifted last week can’t suit up until Thursday.
In another schedule change, Payton said he’ll hold a regular practice on Saturday at 8:50 a.m. instead of the annual Black & Gold Scrimmage. That workout will also be open to the public.
The Saints also announced that guard Carl Nicks, a restricted free agent, had signed his one-year tender offer of $2.61 million.
The club also signed a pair of veteran free agents — defensive end Turk McBride, who last season played with the Detroit Lions, and linebacker Clint Ingram, who was in the Saints’ camp last summer but could not participate in practice because he was still rehabbing a knee injury.