Checking in on the injuries that matter most

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

A quick trip through the most important injuries in the NFC South.

Atlanta’s injury report was just about as lengthy Thursday as it was on Wednesday when the Falcons had to estimate an injury report because they didn’t practice. Eleven players are on Thursday’s report and running back Jerious Norwood, tackle Sam Baker, defensive tackle Thomas Johnson and receiver Roddy White did not participate in practice. Defensive end John Abraham, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and linebacker Curtis Lofton were among those who were limited. Stay tuned on Atlanta’s injuries as we get closer to Sunday. Although the Falcons seem to be catching a break with a home game against struggling Washington on Sunday, this team is beat up right now.

Coming off their bye, the Bucs are about as healthy as can be. Receiver Antonio Bryant and cornerback Elbert Mack were the only players who didn’t fully participate in practice. Bryant and Mack took part on a limited basis.

The Saints continued to hold defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis and linebacker Scott Fujita out of practice after both missed the Monday night game against Atlanta. However, coach Sean Payton said an ESPN television report that said Ellis will miss four to six weeks was “inaccurate’’ and said he’s optimistic the defensive tackle will return sooner than that. The good news on New Orleans’ injury front was that center Jonathan Goodwin, who suffered an ankle injury late in Monday’s game, fully participated in practice.

Carolina receiver Muhsin Muhammad said he’s not ready to go and appears to be poised to miss another game. Also, the Panthers have problems at fullback where Brad Hoover and Anthony Fiammetta missed practice with injuries. It looks like Carolina will have to use tight ends Jeff King and Gary Barnidge was part-time fullbacks on Sunday against the Saints.