METAIRIE, La. -- With only one week to go in the New Orleans Saints' offseason program, the date is approaching for tight end Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing against the team over a franchise tag dispute.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees said players aren't following the developments of the grievance that was filed after team officials franchised Graham as a tight end. Graham claims he should be paid as a wide receiver since he lined up wide or in the slot more than 50 percent of the time in 2013.
"I don't know if anybody knows that the hearing date is when, next week?" Brees said. "I just heard that yesterday, just kind of in passing.
"We all know and love Jimmy. We know it's going to get worked out, at some point, however it gets worked out. It doesn't matter the result of this hearing. When he's here, I know he'll be ready."
An arbitrator is scheduled to hear the case beginning Tuesday.
After a typically hot and humid June day to wind up their three-day, full-squad minicamp Thursday, the Saints already were thinking about training camp when most NFL players are thinking about a break.
The reason: They won't be in the heat and oppressive humidity of south Louisiana in late July and August.
Instead, they will be in the cooler climate of White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., for the first three weeks of camp starting July 24 -- marking the first time since 2008 the team will hold the majority of camp away from home.
When temperatures soared into the lower 90s Thursday, with the humidity rising as well, the players noticed.
"I think that will be a good change-up for us," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "The facility there is well under way. All those things seem to be moving along well. The temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees lower there -- and certainly less humid."
After seeing first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks for only a short period of time in mid-May for a rookie minicamp, the Saints will get the former Oregon State wide receiver for good next week when they wind up their offseason program.
While Cooks wasn't allowed to take part in the Saints' organized team activities or full-squad minicamp because Oregon State classes were still in session, Payton said his prized rookie was busy keeping abreast of what the team was doing.
Cooks stayed on track to be ready for training camp by working online with offensive coaches each night for about 90 minutes.
"What we're allowed to do is basically in the evenings we have kind of an online time where we go through practice tape and go through the installation," Payton said Thursday. "He was here through the rookie camp, and he was able to take the book back with him and work through page by page."
Cooks will travel to New Orleans this weekend, and Payton said he should be able to adjust quickly with three OTAs remaining next week.
Second-year nose tackle John Jenkins, who wasn't on the field for the two OTAs and three veteran minicamp practices open to media this spring, apparently had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.
According to an NFL.com report this week, Jenkins will be sidelined until the start of training camp. Payton declined to comment on the report after the first minicamp practice Tuesday, saying the club would not discuss injuries to players.
Payton said the Saints would closely monitor Jenkins and any other players who did not participate in drills at offseason practices or minicamps.
A third-round draft pick in 2013, Jenkins rotated with Brodrick Bunkley at nose tackle last season and is expected to play the same role again in 2014.