Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35) runs the ball while New Orleans Saints outside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) pursues during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Saints 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
After dominating the Green Bay Packers at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday night, the New Orleans Saints have just a few short days before they travel on the road to take on a division foe, the Carolina Panthers. With another primetime showdown just days away, both teams have released their first injury reports of the week.
(Note: The Black and Gold did not practice today, but this is what the report would look like if they had, according to the team.)
New Orleans Saints:
RB Khiry Robinson (Forearm) – Did not practice
RB Pierre Thomas (Shoulder) – Did not practice
LB David Hawthorne (Hand) – Did not practice
FB Austin Johnson (Knee) – Did not practice
TE Jimmy Graham (Shoulder) – Limited
C Jonathan Goodwin (Knee/ankle) – Limited
T Byron Bell (Knee) – Did not practice
CB Bene Benwikere (Ankle) – Did not practice
LB Chase Blackburn (Knee) – Did not practice
WR Philly Brown (Concussion) – Did not practice
S Thomas DeCoud (Hamstring) – Did not practice
G Amini Silatolu (Calf) – Did not practice
G Trai Turner (Knee) – Did not practice
RB Fozzy Whitaker (Thigh) – Did not practice
T Nate Chandler (Thigh) – Limited
DT Kawann Short (Ankle) – Limited
RB DeAngelo Williams (Ankle) – Limited
LB Jason Williams (Hip) – Limited
For the Saints, both Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas remain out. The PT Cruiser is expected to miss another week or two, but there still is no real timetable for Khiry’s return, so he will be questionable to suit up on Thursday night. Everything was A-ok, however, as Mark Ingram demolished the Packers run defense for a total of 172 yards on the ground.
ILB David Hawthorne, who came up with a critical third-quarter interception last night, is listed with a hand injury, so we’ll be sure to keep you up to date. Some good news is that Jonathan Goodwin‘s injury seems to be less serious than originally anticipated, but Tim Lelito stepped in against the Packers and helped anchor an offensive line that kept Drew Brees well protected.
For the Panthers, guys like Thomas DeCoud, Chase Blackburn and rookie CB Bene Benwikere make up a major part of their defense. If they remain out of the game, it will certainly give the Saints a much better chance at coming up victorious in a hostile environment.
After missing in action for the previous four weeks, it sounds like RB DeAngelo Williams will be ready to roll. He may not be the tailback he once was, but he has always been a Saints killer. However, excluding the Dallas game, New Orleans’ run defense has been pretty spectacular in 2014.
Well, that’s Monday’s injury report for the Saints and Panthers. During these next couple of days, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, Who Dat Nation.