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Checking the injuries that matter most

CHICAGO -- I just got into town and will be covering Sunday’s game between the Falcons and Bears.

The Saints already played Thursday night and we’ve now got the final injury reports from the other three teams, so let’s go ahead and check on the injuries that matter most.

The Falcons already had been saying center Todd McClure would miss the opener with a knee injury. They now have put defensive tackle Corey Peters into that same category. That should clear the way for the Falcons to move Peria Jerry into the starting lineup. If Jerry’s knee is fully healthy, he could keep the starting spot on a permanent basis.

There’s mixed news out of Carolina. The Panthers listed right tackle Jeff Otah (knee) and linebacker Jon Beason (foot) as questionable. The good news is coach Ron Rivera said Otah was just getting a day of rest and will play against Arizona. The bad news is Rivera isn’t sure about Beason. He said a decision on Beason won’t be made until the team gets to Arizona.

Tampa Bay’s only serious injury is cornerback Myron Lewis (ankle). But this isn’t a huge deal for the Bucs. Lewis is behind starters Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib and nickel back E.J. Biggers on the depth chart, and Elbert Mack gives the team additional depth at cornerback.