Checking in on the injuries that matter most

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Time for a checkup on the most important injuries in the NFC South.

Get ready to see a lot of Jason Snelling in the Atlanta backfield on Sunday. Fullback Ovie Mughelli and running back Jerious Norwood each missed their second straight day of practice and it doesn’t look promising that either will play against the Cowboys. Also, starting running back Michael Turner was limited again in practice by a chest injury. Turner should be all right to play, but Snelling probably will be his primary backup and also be the backup fullback if Verron Haynes has to start in Mughelli’s place.

The Panthers had what could be a significant injury pop up Thursday. Linebacker Thomas Davis, who practiced Wednesday, sat out Thursday with a hamstring injury. Naturally, coach John Fox wouldn’t give any indication of how serious the injury is. But Davis is Carolina’s leading tackler and there would be a drop-off if he can’t play. It’s likely the Panthers would turn to either James Anderson or Dan Connor.

New Orleans linebacker Scott Fujita sat out a second straight day of practice with a calf injury. It’s looking more and more like Troy Evans, who filled in after Fujita was injured against the Giants, could get a start against the Dolphins.

Return man Clifton Smith returned to practice on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday. Smith had a concussion when he was hit by Carolina’s Dante Wesley on Sunday.