Saints dealing with lots of injuries

New Orleans Times Picayune - [Full Article]

The Saints are not required to offer any injury updates until they release a participation report after their first practice of the week Wednesday.

"Guys were in today, got treatment, and we'll get 'em up to speed, get 'em healthy. We'll have to be real careful about how we practice this week, and go from there," Payton said. "We'll get 'em up to speed and get 'em healthy as quickly as possible."

At least nine players will be questionable for the Saints (11-5) heading into the short week leading up to Saturday's wild-card game at Seattle (7-9), including three players that were knocked out of Sunday's loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers: safety Malcolm Jenkins (right knee), tailback Chris Ivory (left foot) and tight end Jimmy Graham (left ankle).
Six other players were held out of Sunday's game with injuries: receiver Marques Colston (right knee), tailback Pierre Thomas (left ankle), tight end Jeremy Shockey (groin), tight end David Thomas (right knee), defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove (knee) and linebacker Anthony Waters (ankle).

None of those players was available for comment after Sunday's game or Monday morning. The only player who has addressed his health status recently is Colston, who insisted Saturday that he will be back in time for the playoff opener, despite having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to clean up some loose cartilage last Tuesday.

The severity of Sunday's injuries are unknown. Graham appeared to be limping earlier in Sunday's game before he ultimately left following a 4-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Ivory left the game following back-to-back runs in the second quarter, but it wasn't clear when the injury occurred. A reporter from reported seeing Ivory briefly in the locker room Monday on crutches and with a boot on his left foot.

Fantasy Impact: 
Filed Under: 2010, W18