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After Further Review: Key guys return, two-minute drill gets competitive

First impressions at Saints practice Tuesday wasn't so much what they were doing, but WHO was doing it.

For the first time since last week Pierre Thomas was back. For the first time in two weeks, outside linebacker Martez Wilson on the field as well. Wilson had a red no-contact jersey. Both were limited in their reps.

The practice was pretty crisp and got incredibly competitive during the two-minute drill. And the winner of the drill all depends on who was asked.

Drew Brees hit Jimmy Graham for a 35-yard gain over the middle. Graham had beaten Roman Harper and would have easily ran it in for a touchdown. But the rules of the drill were Harper only had to touch Graham, thus Graham was ruled down. Two plays later, Malcolm Jenkins stepped in front of Lance Moore and intercepted Brees.  

The defense erupted after the pick but I'm not so sure I would've declared them the winner.

Play of the Day

Two-minute drill aside, the Saints got a lot of third down work in and Seneca Wallace flashed some arm strength when he hit Andy Tanner on a seem route for a 30+ yard gain. The route was similar to the one Tanner ran against the Chiefs. The throw this time had a bit more air than Luke McCown's on Friday which allowed Tanner to run under it.

Other Observations:

-         OLB Junior Galette appeared to be in pads today but did not practice. WR Marques Colston, C Eric Olsen, CB Chris Carr, LB Chris Chamberlain and G Andrew Tiller were all out.

-         Courtney Roby had to be helped off the field Tuesday. Coach Payton said he injured his toe. His recovery is certainly something in what's become a jammed wide receiver room.

-         Wednesday will be the last time Saints fans can see the team practice. They'll practice outdoors at 8:50.

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