Checking in on injuries that matter most

October, 16, 2009
10/16/09
2:25
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Time for a final check on the injuries that matter most around the NFC South.

Good news for the Saints on the injury front. Key players Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell, Kendrick Clancy, Jahri Evans and Jermon Bushrod are all listed as probable for Sunday.

Tampa Bay’s Earnest Graham will be back in the starting lineup, but not as a running back. He’ll start at fullback because B.J. Askew has been ruled out for Sunday after being injured in a car wreck earlier this week.

Carolina’s Steve Smith (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday. I’m pretty sure you’ll see plenty of Smith against a struggling Tampa Bay secondary.

Still waiting for the Falcons to release their injury report with an update on fullback Ovie Mughelli. As soon as I get word, I’ll let you know.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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