NFC South: Keith Zinger
The Falcons didn’t practice Wednesday, but, if they had about a quarter of the team would have been out with injuries.
Don’t read too much into this yet because it’s just one of those weird things that comes along every now and then when NFL rules and reality get tangled together. Even though the Falcons, who played Monday night, did not take the practice field Wednesday, they had to file an official injury report.
So how do they determine who “practiced’’ and who did not? They have to estimate. They put out a list of 12 guys who they said would not have practiced if the team had practiced.
Defensive end John Abraham (foot), defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (ankle), offensive tackle Sam Baker (ankle), receiver Brian Finneran (ankle), defensive tackle Thomas Johnson (calf), linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee/ankle), running back Jerious Norwood (hip), long-snapper Mike Schneck (ribs), running back Jason Snelling (hamstring), receiver Eric Weems (ankle), receiver Roddy White (knee) and tight end Keith Zinger (back) would not have practiced -- if there had been practice.
Some very significant names on that list. But don’t get too worried just yet. Remember, this is only an estimate. The real test will come Thursday when the Falcons really practice and we find out how many of these guys practiced.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
The team has a plan in place in case Hurricane Gustav comes close to the New Orleans area. Coach Sean Payton wouldn't elaborate on specifics, but the Saints will take any weather threat very seriously because they went through a worst-case scenario with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Coach John Fox wasn't happy about it, but he didn't have much choice. Bad weather in Charlotte forced the team to practice indoors.
Some tough decisions will have to be made at tight end as the team gets ready to trim its roster this weekend. The Falcons are carrying five tight ends. Ben Hartsock and Jason Rader look to be the top two. Marcus Pollard, Martez Milner and Keith Zinger probably are fighting for the final roster spot.
The Bucs should be announcing what roster moves they've made to get down to the 75-player limit shortly. In other news, receiver Joey Galloway practiced for the second straight day, but coach Jon Gurden still won't say if Galloway will play in Thursday night's preseason finale in Houston.