Checking the injuries that matter most

We already touched on the Atlanta Falcons' injury situation because it’s so extensive. But now it’s time to check in on the most significant injuries among the other three NFC South teams.

Carolina right tackle Jeff Otah suffered a concussion in the season opener and did not practice Wednesday. If Otah isn’t cleared to play, rookie Byron Bell likely would move into the starting lineup on a line that’s already had several injuries at guard.

As expected, New Orleans receiver Marques Colston (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. Colston reportedly will be out for several weeks. The bright side of that situation is that receiver Lance Moore, who sat out the opener with a groin injury, returned to practice on a limited basis. If Moore is ready to play against Chicago, he, Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson still give the Saints a strong trio of receivers. Safety Roman Harper (ankle) also missed practice and is coming off a rough game in the opener. If Harper can’t play Sunday, the Saints don’t have a lot of proven depth at safety. Their options would be to start Jonathon Amaya, who has been mostly a special-teams player throughout his career, or undrafted rookie Isa Abdul-Quddus.

Tampa Bay’s injury report was relatively light. The Bucs already declared receiver Sammie Stroughter (foot) out. Reserve cornerback Myron Lewis (ankle) also missed practice. Tight end Kellen Winslow also did not practice, but the team said that was not related to any injury.