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Saints expect Marques Colston, Jairus Byrd to be healthy soon

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The New Orleans Saints don’t expect receiver Marques Colston and safety Jairus Byrd to be sidelined for long, even though both veterans will start training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis both declined to offer any specific details on injuries, but Loomis said they don't view any of the Saints' current injuries as "long term."

Defensive end Glenn Foster is also on the PUP list, while cornerback Brian Dixon, linebacker Davis Tull, running back Marcus Murphy and offensive lineman Antonio Johnson are on the non-football injury list.

"We feel good about where those guys are at. We knew some of them would linger into the first part of training camp," Loomis said. “[Colston and Byrd] are veteran players, and they'll be ready to roll soon enough. ... I would say our concern about those two is not that high."

It’s unclear if Byrd's ailment is related to the season-ending knee injury he suffered last October. Byrd was healthy enough to participate in most of OTAs and minicamp.

Colston, meanwhile, missed most of OTAs and minicamp with an undisclosed ailment.

"It's pretty common when you start training camp," Payton said of the PUP list designations. "We just did a pretty challenging conditioning test. Those guys are gonna be able to do that sooner than later."

The Saints didn't feel as optimistic about veteran defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley though, which is why they decided to release him Tuesday.

Bunkley's agent, Bill Johnson, confirmed he is still dealing with the quadriceps injury that landed him on injured reserve last November. Payton said Bunkley still had "quite a bit of work to be done in the rehab process."

"I think the world of him. So with regards to his release, it had nothing to do with us saying we're gonna move on," Payton said. "I'd say we were pulling for him as much as anything, because he does have a presence and he's so well-respected."