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Checking the injuries that matter most

The final injury reports for the final week of the regular season are out, so let’s take a look at the most significant injuries around the NFC South.

Tampa Bay. The Bucs went ahead and ruled fullback Earnest Graham (neck) out for the finale, but they have kept him on the active roster, which means he’d be eligible to play in the playoffs if the Bucs get in. Wide receiver Sammie Stroughter (hamstring) is questionable.

New Orleans. The Saints listed six players as questionable and the most significant is receiver Marques Colston, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday and has not practiced all week. Running back Pierre Thomas (ankle) was added to the injury report and is questionable. Defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove (knee), tight end Jeremy Shockey (groin), tight end David Thomas (knee) and linebacker Anthony Waters (ankle) are all questionable and did not practice this week.

Atlanta. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder), defensive end Kroy Biermann (calf), linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee) and center Todd McClure (ankle) are all questionable. Babineaux appears to be the biggest concern. He has not practiced this week. The other three participated in Friday’s practice on a limited basis.

Carolina. Fullback Tony Fiammetta (ankle), cornerback Chris Gamble (ankle) and defensive tackle Ed Johnson (knee) have all been declared out for Sunday. Receiver Steve Smith (calf) is listed as questionable and did not practice Friday.