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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Checking the injuries that matter most

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Let’s take a look at the latest news on the NFC South’s most significant injuries.

Carolina added Charles Johnson to the injury report Thursday. He did not practice and the Panthers listed him with a hip injury. Right tackle Jeff Otah (back) and linebacker Omar Gaither (knee) did not practice.

Atlanta defensive end John Abraham (groin) missed his second straight day of practice. Cornerback Christopher Owens (concussion) and guard Garrett Reynolds (ankle) also missed practice.

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (ankle) and running back LeGarrette Blount (knee) each missed their second straight day of practice and it’s looking as if they will miss Sunday’s game with New Orleans. Earnest Graham would fill in for Blount and the Bucs likely would rotate Frank Okam and Da’Quan Bowers in McCoy’s place. Middle linebacker Mason Foster (ankle) also missed his second straight day of practice. If Foster can’t play, Adam Hayward likely would take his spot. Outside linebacker Quincy Black (ankle) returned to full practice after being limited Wednesday.

The Saints are getting a bit healthier. Receiver Devery Henderson (calf) participated fully after sitting out Wednesday. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) also participated fully after being limited Wednesday. Right tackle Zach Strief (knee) and linebacker Will Herring (hamstring) continued to miss practice.