Checking the injuries that matter most

The Thursday injury reports are out, so let's take a look at the most significant injuries around the division.

Atlanta receiver Julio Jones missed another day of practice with a hamstring injury. That makes it more likely Jones will miss his second straight game. The Falcons aren’t likely to rush Jones because they have a bye week after they play Detroit. Left tackle Sam Baker (back) missed his second straight day of practice. If Baker can’t play Sunday, Will Svitek likely would get the start.

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen (toe) returned and practiced fully after sitting out Wednesday. Safety Jordan Pugh (concussion) missed another day of practice.

New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) was added to Thursday’s injury report and did not practice. That leaves the Saints banged up at tight end. David Thomas, who has missed the past three games with a concussion, practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day and John Gilmore (neck) also was limited. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee), defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (ankle) and right tackle Zach Strief (knee) all did not practice.

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (ankle) practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day. Defensive end Michael Bennett (groin) and middle linebacker Mason Foster (ankle) each returned on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday. Running back LeGarrette Blount (knee) did not practice and coach Raheem Morris made it sound like Blount will miss his second straight game. If Blount is out, Earnest Graham would take his place.