Aug 7, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas runs through drills during a joint practice at the New England Patriots practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Several New Orleans Saints players exit practice due to heat while others play on


Shortly after practice started, Saints running back Pierre Thomas, wide receiver Courtney Roby, left tackle Jermon Bushrod and linebacker Curtis Lofton all encountered body cramps during the nearly three hour practice assembly. All receiving IV’s and only one player returning.

Of course the more positive news on the same day of practice was the return of New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham. Acting head coach Joe Vitt responded in an interview following the practice acknowledging that Jimmy Graham did engage in full team practice although he was only listed as “limited”.

Meanwhile, a total of eight players missed the practice including receiver Adrian Arrington, receiver Nick Toon, running back Darren Sproles, cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Kamaal Mcllwain, defensive tackle Tom Johnson, defensive end Turk McBride and linebacker Aaron Tevis.

In all honesty, it’s better to be out now during the preseason and be ready to go on opening night which will be upon the Saints before they know it.

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