BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton admits he'll have to adjust his practice schedule until Thursday when his full roster of players will be available on the football turf.
He's missing 25 percent of his veteran players who cannot practice until the NFL Labor Agreement becomes official on August 4th.
Payton has done quite well since Thursday. He picked up San Diego running back Darren Sproles, who in my opinion will be a better overall player for the Saints then Reggie Bush who was traded to Miami.
He locked up Pro Bowl safety Roman Harper, wide receiver Lance Moore, left tackle Jermon Bushrod and inked rookie running back Mark Ingram.
Today the Saints added veteran cornerback Fabian Washington.
The former Nebraska standout was a number one draft pick by Oakland and played the last three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Saints reportedLY have added defensive end Turk McBride. He had 5 sacks last season with Detroit.
Ingram hit the football turf today after watching practice from the sidelines on Saturday.
Ingram felt his first contact as a pro, thanks to safety Macolm Jenkins. Ingram's helmet flew off, as did the football.
Ingram said he corrected the mistake and he's ready to battle for playing time at running back, a rotation that includes Pierre Thomas, Lynell Hamilton, Chris Ivory and Darren Sproles.
Coach Payton says Ingram is behind because of the NFL lockout,"All these guys typically normally had a rookie mini-camp and OTA's and in this case Mark hasn't at all. I thought he did a good job handling the reps he had today and will continue to build on that."
Saints overall number one draft pick, defensive end Cam Jordan, remains unsigned.
According to some NFL reports, Jordan and other late number one picks who have yet to sign, want 4 year contracts instead of the 3-year deals the Saints and other teams have offered.
Jordan has already missed three practices and unless an agreement can be reached soon, you can add another crucial practice session lost.
The Saints get back on the practice field 8:50 Tuesday morning.