Checking in on the injuries that matter most

New Orleans coach Sean Payton told the local media he’d like to get cornerback Jabari Greer some work in Sunday’s regular-season finale at Carolina. Sounds like a wise plan since Greer has been out for seven weeks with a sports hernia. The important thing is to have him at full strength for the playoffs, but it wouldn’t hurt to get him some game action just to get his timing back.

Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine sat out practice because of a back injury. Coach Raheem Morris indicated that Faine was just sore from a long season.

I wouldn’t look for Atlanta running back Michael Turner to play Sunday. He sat out another practice Thursday and there’s really no need to risk making his ankle injury worse. Tight end Tony Gonzalez also sat out with a calf injury.

Carolina running backs Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Tyrell Sutton each sat out a second straight day of practice. Stewart generally gets the day off on Wednesdays and getting an extra day may just be a way to keep him fresh because he likely will be getting a lot of carries if Williams can’t play.