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Friday, December 11, 2009
Checking in on the injuries that matter most

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

The Falcons put out their injury report and it doesn’t look at all promising. Quarterback Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are listed as questionable and they haven’t practiced all week. Other starters listed as questionable are receivers Roddy White and Michael Jenkins, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, center Todd McClure, tackle Sam Baker and guard Harvey Dahl. Cornerback Chris Houston already has been declared out.

The Bucs added wide receiver Sammie Stroughter to the injury report Friday and listed him with a lower-back problem. They say he’s questionable for Sunday. This is significant because Stroughter was slated to take over Clifton Smith's return duties. Smith went on injured reserve earlier this week.

The Saints have gone ahead and declared linebacker Scott Fujita out for Sunday, after previously doing the same with cornerback Jabari Greer. Cornerback Tracy Porter and linebacker Marvin Mitchell also are doubtful, which means there’s almost no chance of them playing. The other injury to keep an eye on is Mike Bell, who is listed as questionable. If he can’t go, you could see some of Lynell Hamilton in the backfield rotation.

We already knew quarterback Jake Delhomme will be out for Carolina. But the Panthers have also said defensive end Tyler Brayton will be out. That likely means more playing time for Charles Johnson and rookie Everette Brown.