Spiller, signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee last month. It is not an ideal way for the running back to start his tenure in New Orleans, but Payton said that Spiller's work with the team throughout the offseason program and training camp should help him hit the ground running when he does return.
Spiller practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday.
"He's up to speed," Payton said. "Listen, he's doing good."
OK, Sean, we'll back off. The "new-look" Saints offense looked suspiciously familiar against the Cardinals, a game in which Drew Brees threw 48 passes. The presence of Spiller should allow the team to have a more balanced approach, while providing Brees with a talented receiver out of the backfield.
Here is some more injury news from Thursday:
- Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton is day-to-day with his knee injury and will likely be a game-time decision for Monday night, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports, via a source briefed on the situation. Local Indy reporters aren't convinced that Hilton will play. Chuck Pagano is optimistic that the wideout will play on Sunday.