Checking the injuries that matter most

Let’s take a look at the most significant injuries around the NFC South.

The Saints got a bit of good news as Tracy Porter (neck/chest) returned to practice on a limited basis. If Porter can play Sunday, that could help a secondary that may be a little short on depth. Cornerback Patrick Robinson (stomach) missed another day of practice. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) also missed another practice and could miss his second straight game. The Saints also added receiver Lance Moore (hamstring) to the injury report. Moore did not practice Thursday.

Atlanta safety William Moore (quadriceps) missed his second straight day of practice. If Moore is unable to play Sunday, veteran James Sanders likely would start in his place. Atlanta receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) was added to Thursday's injury report and practiced on a limited basis. Jones missed two games with a hamstring injury before returning Sunday. Stay tuned on this one. Friday's injury report should give us a much better idea if Jones will play against the Saints.

Carolina linebacker James Anderson suffered an ankle injury during Thursday’s practice and left the field. Coach Ron Rivera later said he expects Anderson to be fine and able to play Sunday.

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Frank Okam (calf) missed another day of practice. That makes it more likely new addition Albert Haynesworth will play some role Sunday because Brian Price and Roy Miller are the only healthy defensive tackles. Linebacker Dekoda Watson (groin) was added to the injury report Thursday.