Shockey, Sharper, Vilma work in drills

Updated: February 3, 2010, 6:23 PM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints looked healthy and active in their practice Wednesday, with starters Jeremy Shockey, Darren Sharper and Jonathan Vilma all participating.

Each of them has been bothered by knee problems, but played in the NFC Championship Game. Tight end Shockey, safety Sharper, and linebacker Vilma worked in all the key drills.

Only backup running back Lynell Hamilton, who watched the 2 1/2-hour workout with a walking boot protecting his left ankle, was idle.

"I think we're ahead of schedule with just about everything we're trying to get done," coach Sean Payton said. "Even the buses and everything are running on time or ahead of schedule."

Payton wore a Hurricanes visor and coaching shirt instead of his standard Saints gear for the practice at the University of Miami.

The Saints worked mostly on base first-down and second-down situations. Payton said two-thirds of the offense was installed last week back home.

Cornerback Randall Gay, bothered by a foot injury, intercepted two passes against the scout team.

Payton conducted a 30-minute walkthrough with every unit, from special teams to specialized offensive formations. They worked several minutes on turnover drills, something usually seen in training camp.

"Well, we do that a lot during the season, too," Payton said. "But I'd like us to have a little of that training-camp mentality here."


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