Saints tailback Mike Bell was held out of the team portion of practice for the second consecutive day with soreness in his knee.
He's listed as questionable on the official injury report, but he and Payton sounded optimistic that he might play.
They said he didn't have any swelling, just soreness after a physical pounding in recent weeks.
"Just being cautious," Bell said. "I got beat up the last couple weeks, but now I feel fresh again."
OTHER INJURIES: Saints receiver Lance Moore also is listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis all week with ankle and hamstring injuries. If he's not back this week, he should return to the lineup soon.