Bush Misses Fourth Straight Saints Practice

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Reggie Bush missed his first practice of training camp, but Saints coach Sean Payton says the star running back is fine.

Payton said the Saints planned all along to give Bush intermittent rests during two-a-day practices as a precaution. The Saturday evening practice Bush missed was the fourth practice held in the two days since Saints training camp opened Friday morning.

Bush had surgery in December to repair cartilage in his left knee. He said on Friday that he still wasn't quite 100 percent, but he did not appear limited in the Saints' first three practices, during which he worked as both a running back and punt returner.

Payton says Bush has not had any swelling in the knee.