Henry Coley didn’t initially hit for the Saints.

The undrafted linebacker out of Virginia made a run for a roster spot during training camp, but the Saints decided to let him go during final cuts. But Coley returned to New Orleans this week on the practice squad and could have a chance to be elevated to the active roster for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

“He’s experienced in what we’re doing and familiar with our calls,” coach Sean Payton said. “A lot of it is really based on the health of Hawthorne and the health of Ellerbe. If we need to move someone up come the end of the week who could do that?

“It’s easier to bring a player on your practice squad and not take up a 53 spot during the week if there’s some uncertainty as to what direction you’re going to go.”

Hawthorne (hamstring) and Ellerbe (hip) both suffered injuries during Sunday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts. Both players were forced to sit out of Wednesday’s practice.

Ellerbe, who missed the early portion of the season, recently moved into the starting lineup in place of Hawthorne and has been one of the better performers during the last two weeks. Losing him for any period of time would be a bit of hit for the defense.