Sharper, Ingram close to returns

The New Orleans Saints will have a couple of new but veteran faces on the practice field Wednesday.

But that doesn’t mean there will be immediate changes on game days. Safety Darren Sharper and linebacker Clint Ingram, who have been on the physically unable to perform list, will begin practicing Wednesday, and the team has a three-week window to decide whether to put them on the active roster or place them on injured reserve for the rest of the season.

The fact Sharper and Ingram will be practicing on the first day they’re eligible is a pretty good indication the team thinks both players can return this season.

Coach Sean Payton made it sound like the team will proceed cautiously with both players. I don’t think you’ll see either one on the field this Sunday. But with injuries starting to pile up at linebacker and in the defensive backfield, Sharper and Ingram could provide a big boost sometime in the next few weeks.