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Saints pass-rusher Hau'oli Kikaha returns to practice

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints' injury report was lengthy Wednesday -- but it was more promising than last week at this time.

Rookie outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, who missed last Sunday's game with an ankle injury, was back in practice on a limited basis Wednesday. The Saints missed Kikaha in their 34-28 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans when they got zero sacks against rookie QB Marcus Mariota. Kikaha ranks second on the Saints with four sacks this year.

Veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who also missed last week's game with a hip injury, didn't participate in team drills. But Ellerbe did participate in the early portion of practice open to the media.

Five others were held out of team drills with injuries: offensive tackle Terron Armstead (knee), linebackers David Hawthorne (hamstring) and Ramon Humber (hamstring) and cornerbacks Damian Swann (concussion) and Brian Dixon (hip).

Armstead has been missing Wednesday practices in recent weeks and still playing on Sundays. So he will likely be good to go Sunday at the Washington Redskins. The others are more uncertain.

Veterans Marques Colston, Jahri Evans and Kevin Williams were also held out Wednesday as one of their typical veteran rest days.

Receiver Willie Snead was limited with the knee injury that he was able to play through last week. Guard Tim Lelito was limited with a shoulder injury.