Oct 30, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton with Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera after the game. The Saints defeated the Panthers 28-10 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers are set to kick off in less than 48 hours in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. A win for the Black and Gold will likely result in a jump to first place in the NFC South, as the Atlanta Falcons will have their hands full Monday night at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. As Sunday approaches and the week grows old, the Saints and Panthers have both released their final injury reports of the week along with the players’ game-day statuses.
RB Tavaris Cadet (Hamstring) – Full participant, Probable
LB Kyle Knox (Hand) – Full participant, Probable
RB Khiry Robinson (Forearm) – Full participant, Probable
RB Mark Ingram (Ankle/Toe) – Limited, Probable
DE Mario Addison (Foot) – Full participant, Probable
DT Star Lotulelei (Ankle) – Full participant, Probable
DE Kony Ealy (Ilness) – Full participant, Probable
C Ryan Kalil (Illness) – Full participant, Probable
TE Greg Olsen (Knee) – Limited, Questionable
G Amini Silatolu (Knee) – Did not practice, OUT
RB DeAngelo Williams (Hand) – Did not practice, OUT
Pigs have flown and hell has frozen over once again — the Saints are healthy. Well, at least the guys whose seasons haven’t ended early with injuries. We’ve had our eye on Mark Ingram all week, but it looks he is a lock to play on Sunday. It will be good to see him and Khiry Robinson back out there together for the first time in seven weeks.
New Orleans will catch a bit of a break with Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams sidelined. Jonathan Stewart has been more productive this year and will get the nod, but Williams usually always finds a way to get after the Black and Gold. That’s just one less weapon the Saints have to worry about now.
Greg Olsen, one of the top tight ends in the game, will be somebody to monitor throughout the weekend. He’s been incredibly productive for Carolina, so maybe New Orleans can catch a break there as well. Amini Silatolu remains out for the Panthers. Rob Ryan and his defensive unit will be looking to attack an inexperienced offensive line to get after Cam Newton for the second time this season.
As Sunday approaches, we’ll be sure to keep you updated if anything changes, Who Dat Nation.