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Saints' injury report: Goodwin improving, Hawthorne injured

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints did not practice Monday as they try to heal up during a short week before Thursday night's game at the Carolina Panthers. But both teams were still required to post an estimated injury report as if they had practiced on Monday.

Although that's a somewhat silly exercise, the Saints' estimated injury report was still revealing. Center Jonathan Goodwin (knee) and linebacker Kyle Knox (ankle) were listed as limited -- a sign that both are on the mend from injuries that kept them out last week.

Meanwhile, linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) and fullback Austin Johnson (knee) were new additions to the injury report. Both were listed as not participating in team drills.

The rest of the injury report was the same as last week. Running backs Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) were listed as did not participate. Tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was listed as limited.

The Saints have gotten used to some adverse circumstances during these short weeks since they've now played on the road on a Thursday in midseason during four of the past five years. They won at Atlanta in 2013, lost at Atlanta in 2012 and won at Dallas in 2010. (They've actually played on the road on a Thursday in five straight years, including the Week 1 NFL opener at Green Bay in 2011).

This year, the degree of difficulty has gone up a notch with the Saints having just played a Sunday night game, taking away nearly eight hours of recovery time.

"Yeah, certainly if you're playing a Thursday schedule, you'd prefer to play a normal time game (on Sunday)," Saints coach Sean Payton admitted Monday. "That being said, we have no control of that. And really no one's interested in hearing it. ...It's just a matter of making sure our teams' ready to play and our team's ready to go in there, be fresh.

"We'll have a good plan, making sure there's not too much in the plan so we can execute and play full speed."