Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Monday Night Football matchup in the Windy City is just evenings away, and both the New Orleans Saints (5-8) and the Chicago Bears (5-8) are desperate for a win. With the prime-time contest set to kick off between the Black and Gold and the Monsters of the Midway, Friday’s injury report has been released.
OLB Junior Galette (Knee) – Did not practice
ILB David Hawthorne (Hip) – Limited
DE Akiem Hicks (Ankle) -Limited
CB Keenan Lewis (Illness) -Limited
LT Terron Armstead (Neck) -Limited
S Chris Conte (Back) – Did not practice
K Robbie Gould (Right Quad) – Did not practice
LB Darryl Sharpton (Hamstring) – Did not practice
DT Jeremiah Ratliff (Knee) – Limited
T/G Michael Ola (Back) – Limited
Nothing is really different from yesterday’s injury report. For the Saints, Terron Armstead returned for limited work after missing practice Thursday, but we’ll watch him through the weekend.
Junior Galette suffered a knee injury last week against the Carolina Panthers, so his status will certainly be something to monitor. If the Saints’ sack leader is unable to go, expect a heavy hose of undrafted rookie Kasim Edebali.
CB Keenan Lewis is new to the report, but a minor illness that kept him limited today will be nothing to worry about come game time. We’ll make sure to keep an eye on David Hawthorne and Akiem Hicks as well.
For Chicago, things basically remain the same as yesterday. Starting guard Michael Ola returned after missing practice Thursday — his absence from the game could cause some protection problems for Jay Cutler against a Saints defense that is desperate for a big performance.
As the weekend progresses, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with any changes in the injury report, Who Dat Nation.