Saints' injuries: Marques Colston said he's sitting out to manage 'mileage'

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston was sidelined again during Tuesday's minicamp practice, which makes at least three sessions he's missed over the past three weeks. Colston was also out during the past two official team activity sessions that were open to the media, on June 4 and June 10.

Colston, 32, said he isn't dealing with a specific injury, explaining that the team is just trying to manage his snaps as he heads into his 10th NFL season.

Colston said he practiced two days per week during most of the OTAs, but he isn't sure whether he will participate in this week's minicamp.

"When you play nine, 10 years in this league at a skill position, mileage is mileage," Colston said. "I'm just kind of in a mode where they want to manage that process throughout the year."

The Saints have limited Colston's work in past offseasons -- including preseason games and training camp practices. If he misses the entire week of minicamp, it will be a longer rest period than usual. But we'll get a better feel for whether he's dealing with something significant once training camp kicks off.

The Saints aren't required to release injury details at this time of year.

In the meantime, Colston also said the team wants to give a lot of these valuable summer reps to the young receivers who are vying for bigger roles now that veterans such as Kenny Stills and Robert Meachem are gone.

"Obviously, we've got a lot of young guys in the room, and those reps are a premium," Colston said. "Me, where I'm at in this point in my career, the coaching staff and the training staff I guess would rather give those reps to the young guys."

In other injury news from Tuesday’s practice:

  • Outside linebacker Junior Galette remained sidelined, as expected, with a pectoral injury. But coach Sean Payton confirmed that the team expects Galette to return during training camp since he won't require surgery.

  • Safety Kenny Vaccaro appeared to pull up limping and left with a trainer during a walk-through special-teams drill. Cornerback Delvin Breaux also left with a trainer at one point. It’s unclear whether either issue is significant.

  • Defensive end Akiem Hicks remained sidelined with an undisclosed injury, though a league source said last week it isn't anything major. Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, defensive end Glenn Foster and outside linebacker Davis Tull remained sidelined with injuries. Receiver Lance Lewis was sidelined by an apparent injury. Guard Cyril Lemon was not present.

  • Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe participated in full-team drills for the first time Tuesday; Payton explained that he has been increasing Ellerbe's workload each week. Ellerbe is apparently still rehabbing from the season-ending hip injury he suffered in Week 1 last season, though Payton said the Saints were confident in his recovery plan before they traded for him.

  • Cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Damian Swann, safety Jamarca Sanford and defensive tackle Lawrence Virgil were back in practice Tuesday after missing time previously.