The hamstring injury that kept Willie Snead from returning to the lineup against the Miami Dolphins had been a problem for a while.
But Snead's three-game suspension stemming from a June drunk driving arrest made the hamstring a moot point until the Saints landed in London.
New Orleans expects Snead to be back this week against Detroit.
"Something that was lingering," Payton said. "It ended up coincidentally matching up almost with his suspension. It was a hamstring, and he's recovered now."
Snead practiced on a limited basis in London, but he participated on a field opposite the rest of the team for the first two days, and the Saints decided to give him another week to recover.
"He was in that questionable mode in London, whether he could play or not," Payton said. "We went another week."