All-Pro guard Jahri Evans is the latest injured New Orleans Saints player. Evans missed Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed ailment, and wide receiver Marques Colston also sat out with a nagging foot injury after practicing the past two days.
Fullback Jed Collins also missed practice Wednesday. Evans and Collins previously hadn't missed any practice time in training camp.
Payton never addressed any injuries during practice, but it's certainly possible the three players could miss Sunday's preseason game in Houston.
Others who missed practice were linebackers Jonathan Vilma, Junior Galette, Will Herring and Chris Chamberlain. Wide receiver Joe Morgan and linebacker Victor Butler also didn't practice as they recover from probable season-ending knee injuries.
In a roster move, the Saints released offensive tackle Jason Smith. Smith, who was drafted second overall by the St. Louis Rams in 2009, had been battling rookie tackle Terron Armstead and Bryce Harris for playing time.
Armstead jumped Smith on the left tackle depth chart early in training camp as the Saints demoted Smith to third team and moved him to right tackle. Recently, Harris has been taking the vast majority of the second-team snaps at right tackle while shifting Marcel Jones to guard.