Checking on injuries that matter most

Time to check in on the injuries that matter most across the NFC South.

Buccaneers. Fullback Earnest Graham was added to the injury list with a hamstring problem and did not practice Thursday. This one’s a concern because Graham is one of the unsung players on this team and does a lot of different things. On the positive front, safety Sean Jones (back) returned to practice and went through the full session after missing Wednesday and most of Sunday’s game. Finally, tight end Kellen Winslow practiced fully, which I’ve said before, is kind of like icing on the cake any time that happens.

Saints. New Orleans has 19 guys on the injury report, so we’ll cut through the guys that have been participating fully and the third-string guys and the guys we already know are out (Reggie Bush and Tracy Porter) and focus on the significant ones. Running back Pierre Thomas (ankle) had another day where he didn’t participate in practice. Cornerback Randall Gay (concussion) continues to sit out. Linebacker Scott Shanle was added to the injury report with a hamstring and was limited in practice.

Falcons. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (knee) remained out of practice and it’s looking like Stephen Nicholas might get the start Sunday. The Falcons also limited defensive end John Abraham (back), but I think that’s just a case of going easy on a veteran.

Eagles. Yeah, we’re stepping outside the division on this one, but I think you’ll understand why. Quarterback Michael Vick (ribs) was held out of practice again Thursday. Vick said he has done some throwing, but coach Andy Reid has said it’s unlikely Vick will play Sunday against his former team, unless he’s able to practice this week. Friday is Philadelphia’s final full practice before they face the Falcons.

Panthers. They have their bye week and don’t have to provide an injury report.