The New Orleans Saints are hopeful that outside linebacker Junior Galette will return for training camp, Sean Payton said.

Galette, who suffered a pectoral injury last week, was reportedly told the injury could be rehabbed through rest and rehabilitation this week.

“We’re optimistic,” Payton said. “I think all along we’ve kind of just been wanting to make sure there were enough eyes on him, kind of do the best thing as we approach this break.”

The news that Galette should be able to avoid surgery offers a sigh of relief. If Galette had undergone surgery, he might have been forced to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, which would force him to miss the first six games of the season.

Despite all the edge rushers the Saints brought in both through the draft and free agency, the loss of Galette would be significant.

Galette, who has 22 sacks over the past two seasons, remains the Saints’ best speed rusher off the edge.

Now, New Orleans is hopeful that Galette will be back at some point during training camp.

“We’ll see,” Payton said. “But I think that’s the plan.”