This week’s Sunday Night Football game is one of the most highly anticipated of the season, as the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers will square off in the Superdome for a rivalry game with plenty of playoff implications. Both of these teams will play their two meetings towards the end of the season with a whole lot on the line, as these two games will decide the NFC South crown and potential playoff byes. The Saints aren’t going to follow up last week’s dud on Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks with another dud at home, on a national stage, and in another vital game. Below are the injury reports for both teams.
New Orleans Saints
DT Brodrick Bunkley (ankle)
S Rafael Bush (ankle)
RT Zach Strief (ankle)- He’s expected to play after getting in two practice sessions this week, and his health is crucial against Charles Johnson, who will be making his return to the Panthers lineup after missing the past couple of games with an MCL sprain.
DE Glenn Foster (knee)
LB Keyunta Dawson (calf)
G Chris Scott (knee)
LB Jordan Senn (hamstring)
G Travelle Wharton (not injury related)
RB DeAngelo Williams (quadriceps)- Williams is locked in for tomorrow night’s big game after missing last week’s game with an aggravated quad injury.
DT Dwan Edwards (not injury related)
LT Jordan Gross (not injury related)
RB Mike Tolbert (knee)- He’s practiced all week, so there’s no chance he’ll miss tomorrow’s game.
TE Ben Hartstock (knee)- Maybe the best blocking TE in the NFL.
OT Nate Chandler (knee)
DE Charles Johnson (knee)- Johnson is back and in business, and both Drew Brees and Zach Strief had better be on top of their games. Look for the Saints to use plenty of screens with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas to keep the Panthers front seven honest.