Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram returned to practice Thursday after resting his knee for two days and should play in Sunday’s game at Oakland, coach Sean Payton said after a 2 1/2-hour workout in Oxnard, Calif.
Also back were linebacker Will Herring, who missed three days with a calf contusion, and defensive tackle Mitch King, who didn’t work Wednesday because of an unspecified ailment.
MORGAN SET FOR SURGERY: Rookie wide receiver Joseph Morgan, who has made a splash with a long touchdown in each of the first two exhibition games, has a torn meniscus in his knee and will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday when the team gets back to New Orleans.
Payton said Morgan will likely be out 2-to-4 weeks.
Morgan, wide receiver Lance Moore and strong safety Roman Harper were newcomers to a lengthy injury list that numbered 16 players Thursday.
Moore didn’t work because of a groin injury and Harper has a fractured finger on his right hand.
Payton said the finger was splinted and Harper could probably play Sunday if it were a regular-season game, but he and Moore will likely be held out.
TEMPERS FLARE: It took almost four weeks, but the first fight of training camp broke out Thursday.
Several offensive players came to the aid of running back Darren Sproles, who they felt was being roughed up by cornerback Leigh Torrence long after a play was whistled dead.
LEAVING OXNARD: The Saints will practice for the final time in Oxnard on Friday and then take a short flight up the coast Saturday morning for Sunday night’s game in Oakland.