Only one player was held out Wednesday when the New Orleans Saints returned to practice to begin preparing for Sunday’s huge NFC South showdown with the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.
Safety Rafael Bush, who plays in the dime package, did not work because of an ankle injury that has kept him out of the past two games. His availability for Sunday’s game is unknown.
Only three players were listed as having limited participation in practice — LB Keyunta Dawson (calf), SS Roman Harper (hip) and TE Josh Hill (hamstring).
Dawson has been sidelined for the past three games after being injured just before the team’s Dec. 2 game with the Seattle Seahawks. Hill missed last week’s game with the St. Louis Rams after leaving the game with the Panthers on Dec. 8 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
For the Panthers, TE Greg Olsen (toe) and RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) did not practice, while WR Steve Smith (finger) was limited.