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August 6, 2011; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running backs Mark Ingram (28) , Pierre Thomas (23) and Darren Sproles (43) during training camp practice at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Several New Orleans Saints players return to Tuesday's practice


Both New Orleans Saints defensive end Turk McBride and running back Darren Sproles reentered Tuesday’s practice. Tuesday also marks McBride’s first time practicing with the Saints since he got injured in the Hall of Fame Game versus Arizona.

As for Sproles, the running back has missed team proceedings for more than a week. Saints fans are not the only ones excited by the reuniting with teammates. Acting head coach Joe Vitt  when interviewed gave both players the green light,

“I think if this were a regular season game, both would go this week.”

As of Tuesday’s practice, the Saints were still missing nine players with the only new player being defensive back Marquis Johnson. Seen on the field was sophomore running back Mark Ingram, who returns from a previous knee injury and a “normal” day off.

Out of the nine players currently on the injured list, only cornerback Jabari Greer and linebacker Curtis Lofton were both seen at practice viewing the team from the sidelines. Both players are optimistic about their return to team facilities and the season opener.

In fact Lofton actually played in Friday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with his ankle for about 20 plays.  He made the statement to several media members today that he doesn’t intend to miss any regular season games since he hasn’t before when he’s been injured.

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