Gay sat on the sideline during the Saints' final walkthrough practice in Sun Life Stadium on Saturday.
Gay usually plays in five-defensive back formations. Payton says Gay is getting over a cold with congestion that caused him to miss practice on Friday.
Payton says he's less certain about the status of reserve running back Lynell Hamilton, who is also a special teams regular. Hamilton has sat out practice all week with a sore left ankle.
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