As the Saints ramp up the intensity during training camp practices, a few battle scars are beginning to show.
Linebacker Curtis Lofton took Tuesday off with a sore back, and his comrade Jonathan Vilma is sporting stitches on the bridge of his nose after a head-on collision Monday with one of the Black and Gold's running backs.
"This actually came from Mark Ingram on 9-on-7," Vilma said, explaining why he was limited during Tuesday's practice.
Number 22 was not immediately aware of the damage he caused to Vilma's face.
"I didn't know, but I saw Jed [Collins] had some blood on his helmet and he was like 'Who's it coming from!?'" said Ingram. "Then I saw Vilma looking like Avatar with a strip on his nose, so I guess I put a couple stitches in him, but it was just a good collision. He needs to get his helmet fitted better," smiled Ingram.