WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Friday’s Black & Gold scrimmage might be the first chance for the Saints to get into a game-like situation.

But that doesn’t mean that a team managing a spate of minor injuries is going to knock each other around.

“We are not bringing players to the ground or diving,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “We are practicing tomorrow much like you are seeing right now, which is a ‘full go thud’ is what we call it. That’s being smart.”

New Orleans will send the No. 1 unit against the No. 2’s, pit the No. 3’s against the No. 3’s and then finish up the scrimmage by sending the starters against each other.

“We’ll create more of a game-like situation down and distance-wise where it’s not just scripted,” Payton said. “We’ll have to deal with substitution, down and distance. That will be the big change. “