Shockey, weather throw off Saints' plans

METAIRIE, La. -- The weather and back spasms have played a little havoc with the New Orleans Saints’ opening day of minicamp Friday.

After getting through about half of their opening session outdoors, the Saints had to move practice to their indoor facility because of lightning. They are about to begin their afternoon session and that will be indoors because of uncertainty about the weather. This practice initially was scheduled to be outdoors and open to the public. But the Saints said they are closing this practice because of the move indoors.

The Saints now say the Saturday and Sunday morning sessions, each starting at 10:15, will be held outdoors and open to the public.

Tight end Jeremy Shockey, who collapsed in the team’s weight room last week, was held out of Friday morning’s practice. Coach Sean Payton said that wasn’t related to last week’s incident. Payton said Shockey was held out because of back spasms and said it is possible the tight end could participate in some part of the three-day minicamp.

Payton said last week’s incident was caused by dehydration and low blood sugar. He said Shockey did not have a seizure, but fainted. Payton said fainting is not a future concern for Shockey, who underwent numerous medical tests.