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Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints free safety Jairus Byrd (31) did not practice with the team at its training camp at The Greenbrier on Monday

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- New Orleans safety Jairus Byrd, who has not practiced up until this point, did rehab work on the practice field on Thursday.

Byrd, who did not wear his jersey, went through work with several players, including Anthony Spencer, Josh Hill, Kevin Brock and Justin Drescher, who are expected to return from minor injuries soon.

On Wednesday, Saints coach Sean Payton said Byrd would be back “sooner than later” and that the team would be smart with his recovery.

Payton declined to detail what injury Byrd is dealing with.

More news from Thursday morning's practice:

Anthony Spencer, Dannell Ellerbe, Mike McGlynn and Kevin Brock are all back in pads, signaling that whatever injuries they're dealing with are minor.

Wide receivers Brandon Coleman and Jalen Saunders are not at practice.

Tight end Josh Hill is running again, as is long snapper Justin Drescher, a signal they're on the way back, too.

Keenan Lewis is out at practice, riding the exercise bike, a signal his injury is minor.

Defensive end Tavaris Barnes and cornerback Damian Swann are both riding the exercise bike. Fellow rookie corner P.J. Williams is not on the practice field.