NFC South Blog
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.
Vontaze Burfict tried his best to sideline basically the entire Panthers passing game last week, but it looks like those who came away injured on Carolina's side during the Week 6 tie will tentatively be able to play this Sunday versus the Packers.
Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is the most questionable among the offensive players hurt, figuratively and literally. He sustained a concussion after taking a hit from Burfict in the first half Sunday. He was cleared to return to a full-padded practice Friday but still needs to get the green light from an independent neurologist before he can play. For what it's worth, head coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin "looked sharp" during the practice
Tight end Greg Olsen is listed as probable after Burfict twisted his ankle at the end of a touchdown catch. He practiced fully on Thursday and Friday.
And in the backfield, Jonathan Stewart is slated to start for Carolina. He hasn't played since Week 3 because of a knee sprain.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham went through limited practice on Thursday and Friday and is questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Lions because of a shoulder injury. He will be a true game-time decision for the coaches ... and for himself as Graham said Friday that he doesn't know right now if he can play.
Don't rule out Jimmy Graham for Week 7 just yet. Although it was reported last weekend that Graham would miss 2-3 games due to his shoulder injury, he was able to make it through limited practice Thursday. Earlier in the day, head coach Sean Payton said he was "optimistic" about Graham's chances of playing Sunday against the Lions.
Mark Ingram says he's "full go" and will play in Week 7, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett via Twitter. Ingram missed the Saints' last three games after breaking his hand in Week 2. He had screws surgically inserted into his hand to repair the fracture. Ingram returned to practice Wednesday and took "all his normal reps." He will return to a Saints backfield led by Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas in his absence.
We got a bit of a respite in Week 5, but the injuries returned with a vengeance in Week 6. Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Tom Brady, Vincent Jackson, Fred Jackson, Eric Decker -- that's just a sampling of the names we're tracking this morning. That doesn't even include the players who have already been ruled out (more on those guys below). So, this is going to be a pretty long post. Keep refreshing as we bring you the latest on the early games' injured stars once inactives reports are released at about 11:30 a.m. Eastern.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Saints won't have Jimmy Graham available when they return to the field in Week 7. Rapoport said Sunday morning that he's been told Graham will not return right away from the shoulder injury he suffered in Week 5 and will likely be out for two or three weeks.
Head coach Sean Payton indicated earlier this week that Graham's injury was not serious and that the All-Pro was "doing fine."