Injuries Will Be a Factor In New Orleans Saints’ Thursday Night Game

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Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Injuries are a part of sport and sometimes determine the outcome of games. In the NFL injuries can be especially detrimental to teams since there are only 16 games during the regular season. If a player misses three weeks it could really hurt their team since the season is so short. In Thursday night’s game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons injuries could be a big factor in the outcome of the game. Let’s take a look at the final injury report heading into Thursday’s game:

Injury Report as of 11/28/12. *Note: Injury Report is courtesy of neworleanssaints.com

New Orleans Saints:

Did Not Practice – Game Status

T Charles Brown (Knee) – OUT
DE Junior Galette (Ankle) – OUT
S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Concussion) – OUT
WR Courtney Roby (Shoulder/Ankle) – OUT
DT Tom Johnson (Back) – OUT

Limited – Game Status

T Zach Strief (Groin) – Questionable
CB Corey White (Knee) – Questionable
TE David Thomas (Knee) – Questionable

Full

CB Elbert Mack (Concussion) – Probable

Atlanta Falcons:

Did Not Practice – Game Status

DT Peria Jerry (Quad) – Questionable
CB Asante Samuel (Shoulder) – Questionable

Limited – Game Status

DB Dunta Robinson (Illness) – Probable
T Sam Baker (Groin) – Probable
WR Kevin Cone (Groin) – Probable
WR Harry Douglas (Ankle) – Probale
S Charles Mitchell (Calf) – Probable
LB Stephen Nicholas (Knee) – Probable
TE Michael Palmer (Back) – Probable
DT Vance Walker (Ribs) – Probable
LB Sean Weatherspoon (Ankle) – Probable

For the Saints the biggest names that pop out to me are Strief, Brown, and White. It is encouraging to see Strief’s status as questionable because that means that there is an outside chance that he will play. Furthermore, there have even been rumors that he will be available on Thursday. If Strief plays that will be a huge boost for the Saints because he is the best right tackle the Saints have.

The Saints have had to go very deep into the depth chart and are considering starting fourth string right tackle William Robinson. If Strief is good to go that will help the Saints’ offensive line immensely and will give the Falcons’ pass rush problems all night.

With Brown being out the Saints will not have too much depth at the right tackle position so it would be nice if Strief is able to start. With Brown out and Strief questionable that puts a lot of pressure on the newly acquired Robinson to perform well.

On the defensive side of things the Saints would love to get rookie cornerback White back into the lineup. White has been playing great this season as the nickelback and he would definitely brings some depth and toughness to the Saints’ secondary. It is encouraging that he was able to have a limited practice considering he has a knee injury. If White plays he could really help slow down some of the Falcons’ great receivers.

For the Falcons the biggest name on the injury report is cornerback Samuel. Samuel did not practice as he has been dealing with a shoulder injury. However, Samuel is listed as questionable and there is reason to believe that he will not play. If Samuel does not play this will be a huge blow to the Falcons’ secondary and could really benefit the Saints.

Samuel is probably the best cornerback on the Falcons’ roster and going up against Drew Brees and his great receivers the Falcons would really like to have him available. With Samuel not playing that would really open things up for Brees and the passing game and might even give the Saints an edge over the Falcons.

Based on this injury report I think the Saints will still win this game especially if the Falcons are without Samuel. Hopefully both teams will be able to get some key members back to their respective teams for Thursday’s game. These injuries are significant and they will definitely affect both teams to some degree.

Alejandro Aviles is the Featured Writer for the New Orleans Saints at Rant Sports @aaviles312

 


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