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Marques Colston is officially off the physically unable to perform list after a summer spent mostly on the sideline..

Now, the Saints’ task is to bring Colston back to full strength at the right speed.

“We’ll be smart with Marques,” Payton said. “The reps are the one thing, but making sure he’s getting in football shape, I think we’ll do a good job with some veteran players, he being one of them.”

Colston made a couple of catches in warm-ups, but he didn’t take part in any of the full speed work.

According to Payton, that time will come, but there’s less concern with getting a veteran like Colston practice reps this early.

“The thing that’s understated with him is that each game, you know what you’re getting from him, and there’s some value in that,” Payton said. “Regardless of young players, we’ve got to be smart with where Marques is at.”