The final injury reports are out for the three NFC South teams that play Sunday, so let’s get a status report on the most significant concerns for each team.
Tampa Bay right tackle Jeremy Trueblood (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. Coach Greg Schiano said it’s too early to tell if Trueblood will be able to play Sunday. If he doesn’t, Demar Dotson would get the start and, right or wrong, I know there are a number of Tampa Bay fans who believe that would be an upgrade.
Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and wide receiver Steve Smith (knee) are listed as questionable. But coach Ron Rivera indicated he was optimistic both will be able to play against the Saints.
The Saints have declared three players will miss Sunday’s game. Cornerback Johnny Patrick (thigh), receiver Devery Henderson (concussion) and defensive end Turk McBride (ankle) are listed as out. Cornerback Jabari Greer is listed as questionable, but he’s practiced all week and likely will start opposite Patrick Robinson. Without Henderson, the Saints will need Joe Morgan and Greg Camarillo to contribute as the third and fourth receivers after Lance Moore and Marques Colston. Linebacker Scott Shanle (leg) also is listed as questionable.
The Atlanta Falcons don’t play until Monday night and don’t have to file their final injury report until Saturday afternoon.