Checking in on the injuries that matter

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Time for a quick check on the significant injuries throughout the NFC South.

Carolina fullback Brad Hoover returned to practice after a back injury. But rookie running back Mike Goodson (concussion) sat out.

The Falcons are pretty healthy coming out of their bye. Fullback Ovie Mughelli (hamstring) and kicker Jason Elam (hamstring) were limited in practice and reserve safety Antoine Harris (knee) sat out.

Tampa Bay running back Derrick Ward (knee) returned to practice while fellow running back Earnest Graham (hamstring) sat out. But don’t go starting Ward on your fantasy team. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said he wants Cadillac Williams to be the “full-time guy."

The Saints are in their bye week and not practicing. They don’t have to give an injury report, but running back Mike Bell says he’ll be ready to return to work next week.