Injury outlook for Saints better, but not great for Falcons on Thursday


Sep 18, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette (93) celebrates a defensive stop against the Chicago Bears at the Louisiana Superdome. Also pictured are Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52). Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE

The injury report given today by New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt was a little better than last week but may not be enough for the upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

Vitt announced that defensive tackle Tom Johnson(back), wide receiver Courtney Roby(shoulder and ankle), safety Isa Abdul-Quddus(concussion), offensive tackle Charles Brown(knee), and defensive end Junior Galette(ankle) did not practice.

Limited in practice was tight end Dave Thomas(knee), cornerback Corey White(knee), and offensive tackle Zach Strief(groin).  The one player who was full was cornerback Elbert Mack who is cleared to play after suffering a concussion against the Oakland Raiders almost two weeks ago.

Vitt also gave the news that offensive tackle Bryce Harris was placed on injured reserve after suffering a fracture in his leg during the game this past Sunday.  Tight end Michael Higgins has been activated from the practice squad to take his roster spot.

Strief was said to be possibly ready to play against the Falcons if they need him to.  If not, then recently signed offensive tackle William Robinson would be the sole tackle the Saints would have for the game.

Two other players that the Saints need to have back is White and Galette.  However with Galette not practicing at all it’s not likely.  If White practices fully tomorrow then his chances of playing would greatly increase with it being at least a game time decision.