The Saints released their mid-week injury report and while there are as healthy as they have been all season to this point there are still a few names listed after the Rams game.
Only four players were held out of practice — tight end David Thomas (knee), defensive tackles Remi Ayodele (ankle) and Anthony Hargrove (knee), and return specialist Courtney Roby (kneck).
None are expected to miss Sunday’s pivotal game against the Baltimore Ravens, which is good news for the Saints who are already very thin at the defensive tackle, as Ayodele and Hargrove are the only defensive tackles on the roster besides Sedrick Ellis.
Running back Chris Ivory (hamstring), safety Malcolm Jenkins (rib), linebacker Jonathan Vilma (quadricep), offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod (ankle) and tight end Jeremy Shockey (groin) were all limited in practice for precautionary measures only.
Cornerback Tracy Porter (shoulder) was also listed on the injury report but did particiapte fully at practice.
Courtney Roby was injured when team mate Matt Giordano landed on his neck with his knee while scrambling to recover a fumbled kick-off in the second quarter of the Saints win over the St. Louis Rams.
No permanent damage was done to Roby but his status for the remainder of the season, not just for the Ravens, remains in question.
Roby won the NFC special teams player of the month in September for his contributions on special teams returning kicks and making tackles. His absence leaves some pretty big shoes to fill considering he averages well over twenty yards per kick return.
Likely candidates to replace him in the return department are plenty on the roster — Pierre Thomas, Julius Jones, Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore — but a decision will not be made on just who until closer to game day.
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