Checking injuries that matter most

Obviously, I’ve been a little tied up with the news that the player suspensions in the New Orleans bounty drama have been overturned, at least temporarily. But Friday afternoon is usually the time when I give you updates on the division’s most significant injuries.

So, let’s take care of that now.

Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday. Stewart hasn’t practiced, but he ran on the side Friday and was able to cut. Coach Ron Rivera is holding out some optimism that Stewart will be able to play against the Buccaneers. If he can’t, it likely means an increased workload for DeAngelo Williams and fullback Mike Tolbert could get some time at tailback.

Tampa Bay receiver Arrelious Benn (knee) fully participated in practice Friday and is listed as questionable. Cornerbacks E.J. Biggers (foot) and Anthony Gaitor (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis and are doubtful. That could mean some playing time for Myron Lewis.

Atlanta’s injury report is very light. Cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring) and running back Jason Snelling practiced fully on Friday and are listed as probable.

New Orleans receiver Marques Colston (foot), linebackers Curtis Lofton (ankle) and David Hawthorne (left knee), cornerback Jabari Greer (sports hernia) are listed as questionable. Since Adrian Arrington missed much of the preseason, I’d expect him to be out Sunday. But Lofton and Hawthorne practiced fully Friday and both have said they expect to play in the opener against the Redskins. Greer and Colston practiced on a limited basis, but seem to be on track to play Sunday.