Checking the injuries that matter most

The Thursday injury reports are out. We won’t run through every single player and detail. But let’s take a look at the important injuries.

Saints. Running back Chris Ivory suddenly appears to be on the fast track to recovery from his knee injury. He practiced full Thursday after going on a limited basis Wednesday. Looks like there’s a chance Ivory could be ready for Sunday, which would be nice because the Saints need all the running back help they can get with Reggie Bush out with a broken leg. On the downside, cornerback Randall Gay missed his second straight day of practice with a concussion. That’s not a real good sign and the Saints may have to go with Leigh Torrence or rookie Patrick Robinson as their nickelback against Atlanta.

Falcons. The Falcons only have three players on the injury report and we’ll touch on them all because they’re all significant. Running back Michael Turner (groin) participated fully, so that’s a strong sign he should be ready for Sunday. The jury’s still out on wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who just began practicing this week after missing the first two games and most of the preseason with a shoulder injury. Jenkins practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons wait another week to play him. Safety Erik Coleman (knee) sat out another practice. Looks like William Moore will get another start at safety.

Buccaneers. Center Jeff Faine missed his second straight day of practice with a calf injury. The Bucs may slide reserve guard Jeremy Zuttah into Faine’s role if he’s not ready to play against the Steelers. Running back Cadillac Williams (hamstring) went through the full practice after being limited Wednesday.

Panthers. Right tackle Jeff Otah doesn’t sound like he’s anywhere close to being ready to play. Meantime, Thomas Davis, who tore his ACL for the second time in June, said he hopes to be playing by mid-November. That’s a nice ambition, but I’m not sure it’s a real smart move to rush it like that.