Wide receiver Marques Colston and defensive tackle Kevin Williams were given the day off Wednesday.

On the injury report, both players were listed as being held out of action for non-injury reasons. On Thursday, coach Sean Payton explained that their absences were planned days off.

“We were talking about it the other day, we were watching the tape. Kevin had some good plays on film. I know it’s something we’ve talked about doing and we’ve done before,” Payton said. “Being able to back off a day like that lets their bodies recover one more day and then begin today.”

Colston, who is in his 10th season, played 40 snaps against the Cowboys, while Williams, who is in his 13th, logged 27.