Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson (29) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers are set to go head-to-head on Sunday in what will be a critical game for the Black and Gold. New Orleans (5-7) is sitting at second place behind the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South, and a win this weekend will likely boost Sean Payton and company to the top of the division.
The Dirty Birds will have it rough on the road Monday night at Lambeau field against the Green Bay Packers, so I believe we can go ahead and mark that down as a loss for Matty Ice. As Sunday quickly approaches, the Saints and Panthers have released their second injury reports of the week, and it looks like good news for the Who Dat Nation.
RB Mark Ingram (Ankle/Toe) – Limited
RB Travaris Cadet (Hamstring) – Full participant
LB Kyle Knox (Hand) – Full participant
RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) – Full participant
DE Mario Addison (Foot) – Limited
DT Star Lotulelei (Ankle) – Limited
TE Greg Olsen (Knee) – Limited
G Amini Silatolu (Knee) – Did not practice
RB DeAngelo Williams (Illness) – Did not practice
DE Kony Ealy (Ilness) – Did not practice
C Ryan Kalil (Ilness) – Did not practice
Limited yesterday, Khiry Robinson is finally back, and he’s ready to “really get it kicking” for the remainder of the year. After missing the last six games, we may get to see that one-two punch with him and Mark Ingram, who of course will continue to lead the way. An ease back into action is the likely case for Khiry, but he said he feels like he can handle a heavy load.
Kyle Knox has been sidelined for the previous four games, so his availability will certainly add depth to the linebacker unit, an area of struggle this season. Travaris Cadet was a go today, but Ingram remained limited with ankle and toe issues. It is probably nothing to be concerned about, but we’ll monitor his status throughout the remainder of the week.
For the Panthers, nothing much has changed. Kony Ealy and Ryan Kalil are new to the report, but usually minor illnesses will not keep players sidelined for a contest. DeAngelo Williams remained out of the mix, so we’ll continue to keep an eye on the Saints killer.
Run stopper Star Lotulelei was carted off in Week 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles and hasn’t been on the field since, but after not practicing yesterday, he returned Thursday for limited work. With guard Amini Silatolu still out, the Saints have an excellent chance to attack an inexperienced offensive line to get some pressure on QB Cam Newton like they did during the first meeting with their division rivals.
As the week progresses, we’ll be sure to keep you guys up to date with any changes in the injury report.