Sharper practices on limited basis

With the Saints’ defense hampered by injuries, the team got some good news on Wednesday.

Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper returned to practice on a limited basis.

Sharper missed Sunday’s game against the Rams with a knee injury.  He didn’t practice last Wednesday, and he practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday.

The Saints play the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Missing practice were offensive lineman Jonathan Goodwin (ankle), receiver Lance Moore (ankle), cornerback Jabari Greer (groin), linebacker David Thomas (knee), cornerback Tracy Porter (knee), and running back Reggie Bush (knee).

Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

Coach Sean Payton also addressed the arrival of cornerback Chris McAlister, who was formally signed this morning.

“A lot of it will be based on the health of a couple of guys in front of him,” coach Sean Payton said Wednesday in comments distributed by the team.  “But he’s a veteran player that understands defense and is someone that we think can come in and help us.”

Payton said that the team brought in McAlister and another cornerback for workouts on Tuesday.  Per a league source, the other guy was Cletis Gordon.