Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Checking in on NFC South injuries that matter
By Pat Yasinskas
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
We’ll take a quick trip through the injuries that matter most in the NFC South.
Saints. Tackle Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle) and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Bushrod had to leave Sunday’s game against Buffalo and that gave Zach Strief some work at left tackle. Indications are Bushrod’s injury could keep him out against the Jets and the team will prepare Strief to start. Jenkins, the first-round pick, also was injured against Buffalo. The Saints have good depth at cornerback, but are hoping Jenkins can go against the Jets because he’s become a mainstay on special teams.
Buccaneers. Center Jeff Faine (triceps) looks like he’ll miss another game as he sat out practice. Sean Mahan continues to work in his spot. Defensive end Gaines Adams (groin) sat out practice. Adams’ health, combined with a lack of production, could push Stylez G. White into the starting lineup. Running back Derrick Ward (knee) sat out practice and that could put Cadillac Williams back into a starting role.
Falcons. Atlanta isn’t required to provide an injury report because of this week’s bye, but D. Orlando Ledbetter reports running back Jerious Norwood returned to practice after suffering a concussion in the Sept. 20 game against Carolina.
Panthers. Like the Falcons, the Panthers aren’t required to provide an injury report in their bye week and you can be darn sure John Fox isn’t going to reveal something he doesn’t have to.