Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Checking on the injuries that matter most
By Pat Yasinskas
APPLETON, Wisc. -- The New Orleans Saints had to put out their final injury report Wednesday and the rest of the NFC South teams had to put out their first injury reports.
Let’s take a look at the injuries of note throughout the division.
- The Saints have declared kicker Garrett Hartley (hip) and receiver Lance Moore (groin) out for Thursday’s game at Green Bay. Hartley’s absence is not a big surprise. He was injured in the preseason and the Saints brought in veteran John Kasay to kick in the interim. Not having Moore hurts, but the Saints still have Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem to handle most of the duties at wide receiver. The Saints also listed receiver Adrian Arrington (knee) and defensive tackle Tom Johnson (calf) as questionable.
- The Falcons don’t have to declare a status on their injured players yet, but they went ahead and said center Todd McClure (knee) will miss the opener at Chicago. That’s been expected and second-year pro Joe Hawley likely will start in McClure’s place. Defensive tackle Corey Peters (knee) sat out practice. That could clear the way for Peria Jerry to move into the starting lineup.
- Looks like a bit of positive news for the Panthers. Linebacker Jon Beason (ankle) was able to participate in practice on a limited basis. Beason has been sidelined for several weeks, but the fact he was on the field means there’s a chance he could play Sunday at Arizona.
- Tampa Bay’s injury report was very light. Cornerback Myron Lewis (ankle) was the only player who didn’t practice. Linebacker Dekoda Watson took part on a limited basis.