A healthy roster this late in the NFL season is always a positive. A quick look at the final injury report for the New Orleans Saints‘ Week 16 match up against the Carolina Panthers shows things are looking good for the Saints as they head to Charlotte and try to lock up the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
New Orleans only listed five players on their final report, only one of whom did not participate all week and is listed as doubtful to play Sunday. Safety Rafael Bush was held out of practice all week while he continues to deal with an ankle injury, but the good news is that the remaining four players are all listed as probable or questionable.
Backup running back Travaris Cadet did not practice due to non-injury related issues and is listed as probable. Safety Roman Harper has been dealing with an injured hip for several weeks, but he practiced on a limited basis this week and should be good to go against the Panthers. Tight end Josh Hill and linebacker Keyunta Dawson are also listed as questionable after taking part in practice on a limited basis.
All in all, New Orleans’ injury report is pretty good at this point in the season. The Saints should have every starter ready to suit up and play which is a far better situation than most other teams are currently in. The Panthers, for example, have three offensive starters listed on their injury report; Greg Olsen and Steve Smith are both listed as questionable while running back Jonathan Stewart is out with a knee injury.
Even the Denver Broncos are not immune from late season injuries. They listed 12 players on the injury report for Week 16, including quarterback Peyton Manning and free agent acquisition Wes Welker.
Saints fans should be thankful for such a light injury report as many teams are not so lucky. If New Orleans is to break out of their road funk they will need their starters and their backups to be healthy and ready to play. This is a good opportunity to regain some confidence with a win and make a pivot towards the playoffs.