Checking the injuries that matter most

With the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers in a bye week, the list of key injuries for Sunday’s NFC South games is pretty short.

The Falcons are listing linebacker Stephen Nicholas (ankle) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (groin) as questionable for the game with the Oakland Raiders. Both practiced on a limited basis Friday. With their own bye week coming after this game, I’d expect the Falcons to be cautious with Nicholas and Babineaux if they’re not close to full health. If Nicholas can’t go, veteran Mike Peterson likely would take his place. If Babineaux can’t play, the Falcons likely would start Peria Jerry and Vance Walker and get rookie Travian Robertson involved as the third member of the rotation.

The Buccaneers are relatively healthy coming out of their bye week. Defensive tackle Roy Miller (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with Kansas City. Miller participated in practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out Thursday. If Miller can’t play, the Bucs likely would start Gary Gibson in his spot and use Corvey Irvin as their third defensive tackle.