Checking the injuries that matter most

The Wednesday injury reports are out, so let’s take a look at the most significant injuries around the NFC South.

We’ll start in New Orleans because the Saints have some pretty serious injury issues. Linebacker Will Herring (hamstring), center Olin Kreutz (knee), tackle Zach Strief (knee) and tight end David Thomas (concussion) all sat out the last game. They also sat out Wednesday’s practice.

There was mixed news in Carolina. The good news is cornerback Chris Gamble (concussion) returned to practice. The bad news is guard Geoff Hangartner (back), tackle Jeff Otah (back) and tight end Jeremy Shockey (concussion) sat out practice.

Tampa Bay didn’t list any significant players on the injury report. But backup tight end Luke Stocker (knee) and defensive end Tim Crowder (knee) sat out.

There was a little bit of encouraging news out of Atlanta. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (knee) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (calf), who have been out in recent weeks, returned to practice on a limited basis.