The injuries that matter most

The final Friday injury reports are out. That means it’s time to check in on the NFC South’s most significant injuries.

New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis and is listed as probable. Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (ankle) practiced on a limited basis and is listed as questionable.

Although the injury report lists running back LeGarrette Blount as doubtful, coach Raheem Morris already said Blount will not play Sunday. The injury report also lists center Jeff Faine (biceps) as out. Ted Larsen likely will start in his place. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (ankle) did not practice and is listed as questionable.

Carolina linebacker Omar Gaither (knee) and safety Jordan Pugh (concussion) are listed as doubtful. Tight end Greg Olsen (toe) is probable and participated fully in practice.

Atlanta receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) is listed as doubtful and it’s likely he’ll miss his second straight game because the Falcons have a bye after the Detroit game. Defensive end John Abraham (groin) is questionable, but practiced on a limited basis. The Falcons also are banged up on the offensive line. Left tackle Sam Baker (back), center Todd McClure (knee) and right guard Garrett Reynolds (ankle) are all questionable, but all three were able to practice on a limited basis.