Saints list five on projected injury report

METAIRIE, La. – Although the New Orleans Saints didn’t practice on Wednesday, they were required to submit a projected injury report. Five players were listed as “Did Not Practice” – offensive tackle Zach Strief (ankle), defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (ankle), defensive end Glenn Foster (knee), outside linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf) and safety Rafael Bush (ankle).

Strief left Monday night’s game early because of the ankle injury and was limping noticeably on his way back to the locker room. But after the game he said he’s optimistic he won’t be out long.

“We’ll see,” Strief said Monday night. “I’m not a guy that has to be 100 percent; I’m a bad enough athlete. I think it scared me a good bit on the field, but it’s not as bad as it could have been.”

Strief will certainly be missed if he can't play Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers. But second-year backup Bryce Harris has gotten a decent amount of experience as a fill-in and extra blocker this season, and should be capable of stepping up to fill the void.

Bunkley and Bush are new to the injury report this week. The severity of their injuries is unknown. Foster and Dawson were held out of Monday’s game with their injuries.