We've got an updated injury report after a couple days of practice and both teams have injury issues that might cause concern.
Bryant Johnson - Did not participate in practice Wednesday or Thursday with a hamstring injury
Keith Lewis - Did not participate in practice Wednesday or Thursday with a knee injury
Dashon Goldson - Limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury
Donald Strickland - Limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury
While I never want to see injuries, if the injuries to Johnson and Strickland keep them out of this Sunday's game, youngsters could benefit tremendously. If Johnson is hurt Josh Morgan and Jason Hill could see a lot more playing time and more balls thrown in their direction. If the stories about Josh Morgan losing 15 pounds are true, this bump in playing time could not come at a better time for him.
At cornerback, if Strickland is out, Tarell Brown remains the #3 cornerback with Shawntae Spencer's ACL surgery. Brown had his first pick last week and will be looking to build on it. Even if Strickland were to play I think Brown could be playing his way into the good graces of the coaching staff. I like Strickland, but I'd love to see what Brown can do with some serious playing time.
WR David Patten - Did not participate in practice Wednesday or Thursday with a groin injury
C Jonathan Goodwin - Did not participate in practice Thursday
CB Randall Gay - Limited in practice Thursday, did not participate Wednesday with a hamstring injury
LB Scott Fujita - Limited particpation in practice with a knee injury
WR Terrance Copper - Limited participation in practice Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury
CB Aaron Glenn - Out for this Sunday
One important issue for the Saints is the 4-game suspension of left guard Jamar Nesbit for violating the steroid policy. It sounds like rookie Carl Nicks will get the start in his place. Always fun for the defensive line to be facing a rookie offensive lineman.
At wide receiver, it sounds like Devery Henderson and Lance Moore will get the start, with Robert Meachem settling in as the #3 receiver. I have to admit, the Meachem-Tarell Brown matchup could be a lot of fun to watch.
Among the rest of the injured folks, Fujita missed the last two weeks so I'm not sure if he'll be up to probable or not at this point. If Gay could practice yesterday, I'd imagine he'd be closer to probable, but we'll see. Also, we already knew Colston and Shockey were out but I had not made mention of Aaron Glenn, who's been declared out for this weekend with a strained ligament in his ankle.
When the final official injury report comes in I'll post it.