NFC South Blog
As expected, the Saints will be without running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas tonight versus the Panthers. Both are officially inactive. Neither player practiced during the short week and will be missing his second consecutive game. Thomas has a shoulder injury while Robinson has a forearm injury.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that running back DeAngelo Williams, who is coming off of an ankle injury, will start when the team hosts divisional rival New Orleans on Thursday night. The 31-year-old Williams has played in only two games this season, with his last action coming in Week 4 versus Baltimore.
Are you enjoying your breakfast football? If you started Matt Ryan, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" [UPDATE: Second half, not so much.] If you are facing Ryan, don't fear; there is still plenty of time to forge a comeback today. To that end, we'll be here to give you the latest on this morning's injured stars. There aren't many game-time decisions to track in the early games -- A.J. Green, Shane Vereen and Vincent Jackson are about it -- but keep refreshing this post until those 1 p.m. Eastern kickoffs as we pass along anything worth noting.
New Orleans beat writer Mike Triplett tweeted Friday that running backs Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) will both miss Sunday night's tilt with the Green Bay Packers. With the RB tandem sidelined, the Saints will turn to Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet to shoulder the rushing load. Ingram returned from a hand injury in Week 7 and was the lead back. However, he got stuffed for only 16 yards on 10 carries against the Lions' defense. Cadet figures to fill Thomas' role as a receiving back. He's put up 15 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown over the past three games.
According to New Orleans Saints beat writer Mike Triplett, tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable but is likely to pad-up and take the field Sunday night when the Saints welcome the Green Bay Packers to town for a prime-time showdown. After getting a week off while the Saints were on bye Week 6, Graham was active last week but did not catch a pass. He was targeted only twice on the day.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday morning that, according to a source, Saints running back Pierre Thomas will miss the next 2-3 weeks because of the shoulder injury that forced out of Sunday's loss to the Lions in the third quarter.
It's Week 7 -- the halfway point of the fantasy regular season for most leagues. Is your team living up to expectations? Have you been plagued by injuries and underperforming players? Either way, remember that seven weeks still remain until the fantasy playoffs. A lot will change between now and then. Your fate is far from sealed.
As usual, we'll be here all morning long giving you the latest info on the injured stars in today's early games. Names we're watching include Jimmy Graham, Kelvin Benjamin and Jake Locker along with many more. Keep refreshing this post from 11:30 a.m. Eastern until the early kickoffs.
Panthers rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin made the team flight to Green Bay for Sunday's game versus the Packers, and according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, "all signs point to" him playing in that game.
Benjamin suffered a concussion in Week 6 and is listed as questionable for this weekend. He was able to go through a full practice Friday and reportedly looked good.
The Saints have cut tight end Tom Crabtree. They signed the former Packer before their Week 6 bye and two days after Jimmy Graham suffered a sprained right shoulder against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 5. He considers himself to be a game-time decision.