Friday, December 10, 2010
Checking the injuries that matter most
By Pat Yasinskas
The injury reports are in for all four teams, so that means it’s time to take a look at the significant injuries in the NFC South.
Buccaneers. The Bucs have had more than their share of injury problems lately and it’s continuing. Defensive end Tim Crowder was added to the injury list Friday with a shoulder problem and the Bucs say he’s questionable for Sunday. Linebacker Quincy Black (ankle) also is questionable, but the good news there is backup Dekoda Watson (hamstring) is probable.
Panthers. Cornerback Chris Gamble (hamstring) and guard Travelle Wharton (toe) are doubtful and did not participate in Friday’s practice. On the plus side, linebacker Jon Beason (knee) returned to practice after missing two days. Beason was limited in practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday.
Falcons. It looks like the Falcons will be without backup running back Jason Snelling (hamstring) for a second straight game. He’s listed as questionable and did not participate in practice Friday. That means a full workload for starter Michael Turner and maybe a few carries for backup Gartrell Johnson. Linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee) is listed as questionable, but he practiced Friday and that’s a sign he should be able to play unless he has a setback.
Saints. Running back Pierre Thomas (ankle) is listed as probable and coach Sean Payton said he expects Thomas to play Sunday for the first time since he suffered the injury in the third game of the season. But I think the Saints will work Thomas in gradually, like they’ve been doing with Reggie Bush the last two weeks. If you have Chris Ivory on your fantasy team, he still is a good guy to start.