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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Checking the injuries that matter most

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Let’s check in on the injuries that matter most from around the NFC South.

The New Orleans Saints had safety Roman Harper (ankle) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (foot) back at practice Thursday, after they missed Wednesday. But linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) and cornerback Tracy Porter (calf) each missed another day of practice.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day. Center Todd McClure, who missed the first two games with a knee injury, participated on a limited basis for the second straight day. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, who is likely to be out several weeks with a knee injury, did not practice. Cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who moved into the nickel-back job against Philadelphia, sat out his second straight practice. If Hayden can’t play Sunday, it’s likely Chris Owens would step back in as the nickelback.

Tampa Bay linebacker Quincy Black (ankle) missed his second straight day of practice. If he can’t play against the Falcons, Dekoda Watson would start on the strong side and rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster would take over the play-calling duties. Defensive end Tim Crowder was added to the injury list Thursday. He did not practice because of a calf injury.

Carolina safety Charles Godfrey missed his second straight day of practice after suffering a concussion in Week 2. If Godfrey isn’t cleared to play, Jordan Pugh likely would get the start. Cornerback Chris Gamble was added to the injury report. He left practice with an ankle injury and the severity of that wasn’t known immediately.