Checking in on the injuries that matter most

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Time to check in on the most significant injuries around the NFC South as teams returned to practice Wednesday.

New Orleans defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy returned for a full practice Wednesday. That’s a pretty strong sign Clancy could be ready for Sunday’s showdown with the Giants. Clancy’s been dealing with a right knee injury since hurting it in the season opener. Another injury to keep an eye on: Guard Jahri Evans sat out practice with turf toe. We’ll see how this plays out as the week goes on, but the Saints really need Evans, who, very quietly, has become one of the league’s best guards.

The Falcons continue to have a very light injury report and the only thing significant on today’s is that fullback Ovie Mughelli didn’t practice because of a calf injury. If he can’t go Sunday, Verron Haynes would be the logical fill-in, but reserve tailback Jason Snelling also has the size to play fullback.

Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Bryant believes limited practice time is part of the reason for his slow start. He’s going to try to practice more and his plan includes getting his knee drained earlier in the week. Bryant participated in Wednesday’s practice on a limited basis.

Carolina held running back Jonathan Stewart (Achilles tendon) out of practice. But it sounds like that was precautionary and was due more to a wet field than any problems for Stewart.