Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Saints fullback Austin Johnson (35) dives for a touchdown while being hit by Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
With Thursday night’s contest between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers just over 24 hours away, the NFC South division rivals have released their final injury reports of the short week.
New Orleans Saints:
RB Khiry Robinson (Forearm) – Did not practice, Questionable
RB Pierre Thomas (Shoulder) – Did not practice, Out
LB David Hawthorne (Hand) – Did not practice, Out
FB Austin Johnson (Knee) – Did not practice, Out
TE Jimmy Graham (Shoulder) – Limited, Questionable
C Jonathan Goodwin (Knee/Ankle) – Limited, Questionable
LB Kyle Knox (Ankle) – Limited, Questionable
(LB Chase Blackburn placed on season-ending injured reserve)
T Byron Bell (Knee) – Did not practice, Out
CB Bene Benwikere (Ankle) – Did not practice, Out
WR Philly Brown (Concussion) – Did not practice, Out
G Amini Silatolu (Calf) – Did not practice, Out
G Trai Turner (Knee) – Did not practice, Out
RB Fozzy Whitaker (Thigh) – Did not practice, Out
S Thomas DeCoud (Hamstring) – Limited, Questionable
DT Kawann Short (Ankle) – Limited, Questionable
T Nate Chandler (Thigh)- Full participant, Probable
RB DeAngelo Williams (Ankle) – Full participant, Probable
LB Jason Williams (Hip) – Full participant, Probable
For the Saints, nothing has really changed, but the severity of Khiry Robinson‘s injury is still unknown, as for David Hawthorne‘s. If Robinson is unable to go, it will all be up to Mark Ingram on the ground again. Jimmy Graham is listed as questionable, but unless he trips while walking down the aisle of the airplane on the way to Charlotte, he’ll be in full force.
Carolina will be missing some key players, especially if Thomas DeCoud is unable to go. With offensive linemen Byron Bell, Amini Silatolu and Trai Turner all ruled out, New Orleans could be in for a big game on the defensive side of the ball. Pressuring Cam Newton will be key.
Saints killer DeAngelo Williams is ready to roll and will start, according to the Charlotte Observer. The running back has been missing in action for six of the Panthers’ eight games this season.
With Thursday Night Football set to kickoff tomorrow evening, we’ll see what kind of kind of approach both Sean Payton and Ron Rivera take, given the status of their players.