Thursday, January 14, 2010

Saints Nation: Injury Report for Saturday's Game

Word out there is that only 4 Saints have been listed on the injury report. Malcolm Jenkins and Lance Moore were both limited, so at this point those seem like the only two players on the active roster that could miss the game. Pierre Thomas (pictured) and Bobby McCray were both on the report as well, but they participated fully in practice, meaning there's a very highly probability they will suit up barring a setback. That is especially good news in Thomas' case, as he's by far the most indispensable of the four players. McCray is also needed given that Charles Grant will be out for the playoffs, but there's no real need for concern as his balky back hasn't caused him to miss a game all season. In Malcolm Jenkins' case, the Saints could use him as a gunner on special teams. Lance Moore adds nice depth at receiver, too, so hopefully all four players can go.

Players like Darren Sharper, Jonathan Vilma, Mike Bell, Jeremy Shockey and Randall Gay, among others, who have appeared on and off the injury report all year seem to be as healthy as they've been all season. It looks like the bye week was really helpful for this bunch.

As for the Cardinals, Anquan Boldin was held out of practice Wednesday and he's officially listed as a "game time decision" with a high ankle sprain. Linebacker Gerald Hayes was also held out with an ankle sprain, and he was sporting a walking boot at practice. He's officially listed as a game time decision, but the fact that he's got a walking boot on tells me that it's extremely unlikely he'll play. Per the Revenge of the Birds, an Arizona Cardinals blog, "losing Hayes could be costly, as he's been the Cardinals best run defender for the year". The rest of the Cardinals report were minor injuries that shouldn't affect availability for the game, but it should be noted that both starting corners Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (knee) and Bryant McFadden (chest) are on the report. Bad timing to be banged up when you have to face Brees, Colston and co.