Wednesday, November 21, 2012
NFC South injuries that matter most
By Pat Yasinskas
Let’s get an update on the most significant injuries from around the NFC South.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Coach Greg Schiano said it’s too early to tell if cornerback Eric Wright, who did not practice Wednesday, will be able to play Sunday. Wright has been dealing with an Achilles tendon issue for several weeks. The Bucs have been giving cornerbacks E.J. Biggers and Leonard Johnson extended playing time recently, and Anthony Gaitor began practicing Wednesday, after opening the season on injured reserve with the designation as eligible to return.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
There was a bit of an encouraging sign as right tackle Zach Strief (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, although it was on a limited basis. Charles Brown, who had been starting in Strief’s place, missed practice with a knee injury. If Strief and Brown aren’t ready to go Sunday against San Francisco, it’s likely the Saints would have to start, recently signed William Robinson.
The Panthers don’t have to provide an injury report until Thursday because they don’t play until Monday night at Philadelphia.
As we previously reported, coach Mike Smith said he’s very optimistic linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) and receiver Julio Jones (ankle) will be able to practice this week. Updating that, it turns out Weatherspoon did practice Wednesday. Jones did not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons test out his ankle Thursday or Friday.