(WVUE) - It took a week in West Virginia, but Saints safety Jairus Byrd finally showed his face at training camp Thursday morning. The undisclosed injury that has kept him out of practice all week is seemingly getting better, because his first morning session was all about fitness.
Coach Sean Payton would not comment on Byrd's injury or his progress, but he did say that if a player is on the side working, that's a good sign.
"There is a progression to it - land-based movements, walk-throughs, all of that. He's on schedule, fortunately, and I said this yesterday that there had not been any setbacks. And that's encouraging."
Meanwhile, the show went on this morning without interruption as the Black and Gold get ready for Friday morning's scrimmage. It's the first real opportunity for these players to go all out with very few restrictions, including rookie linebacker Hau'Oli Kikaha.
"I'm excited," Kikaha said. "I'm really excited we get to go all out tomorrow and really see what we're made of, and that's always nice to put ourselves through a test like that."
Receiver Brandin Cooks dazzled the crowd in last year's scrimmage and is hoping for a repeat performance.
"Definitely you look forward to finally catching some balls," Cooks said. "Go out there and get tackled. I'm pretty excited for that tomorrow."
The Saints open up the preseason Thursday, Aug. 13 at Baltimore.