Friday Injury Report: Bucs in Good Shape

In 2011, Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans were the New Orleans Saints’ two starting guards, and also the two starting guards for the NFC in the Pro Bowl.  This Sunday, Nicks and Evans will be on opposing NFL sidelines for the first time and, in what constitutes good news for both teams, it’s nearly certain both will play despite matching foot ailments.

Nicks was on the Buccaneers’ injury report this week due to a foot injury, while Evans was on the Saints’ list with a toe issue.  Both players started the week as limited practice participants but were full-go on Friday and are now listed as “probable” on the final injury report of the week.

In fact, almost all of the combined 11 players on the Bucs’ and Saints’ injury reports were marked as probable on Friday.  The two exceptions were both Saints – linebacker David Hawthorne (hamstring) has already been ruled out and tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) has been designated as questionable.  Given the two weeks that Graham has had to recover from the ankle injury he suffered against San Diego before the Saints’ bye week, most outside analysts believe he will play on Sunday.

Other than Nicks, the only other player on Tampa Bay’s injury report is wide receiver Vincent Jackson.  Here are the official injury reports for both teams on Friday: 

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
WR Vincent Jackson Calf Limited Participation Probable
G Carl Nicks Foot Full Participation Probable

Saints

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
RB Travaris Cadet Shoulder Full Participation Probable
LB Jonathan Casillas Neck Full Participation Probable
G Jahri Evans Toe Full Participation Probable
TE Jimmy Graham Ankle Limited Participation Questionable
CB Jabari Greer Groin Full Participation Probable
LB David Hawthorne Hamstring Did Not Participate Out
DE Turk McBride Ankle Full Participation Probable
WR Lance Moore Hamstring Full Participation Probable
LB Scott Shanle Illness Full Participation Probable

For those needing a refresher on NFL injury report language, the four possible game status choices refer to the percentage of the chance that the indicated player will be able to participate in the game, at least nominally.  In practice, there are varying shades of gray between the choices, with “questionable” being the only designation with much uncertainly about what will happen.  NFL injury reports include the following definitions:

 Out = definitely will not play

Doubtful = at least 75% chance will not play

Questionable = 50-50 chance will not play

Probable = virtual certainty will be available for normal duty

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