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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Saints Injury Report: David Hawthorne, Jimmy Graham, Jonathan Goodwin


By on 10/29/2014 07:30:00 PM

The New Orleans Saints added a couple of new names to their final Week 9 injury report ahead of a crucial divisional showdown against the Carolina Panthers on “Thursday Night Football”



New Orleans enters the game relatively healthy, but the injuries they do have will be significant. One crucial absence will starting linebacker be staring linebacker David Hawthorne, who suffered a hand injury last week and was unable to practice.

Fullback Austin Johnson has also been added to the injury report and ruled out with a knee injury. Johnson has been splitting time with Erik Lorig at the fullback position and caught a touchdown pass week 7 against the Detroit Lions.

Tight end Jimmy Graham remains limited in practice with a shoulder injury and is officially questionable, although he will likely play after being active after being active the past two weeks. Graham looked significantly more healthy last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers with 5 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown, although he draws a tough matchup Thursday with Luke Kuechly.

Center Jonathan Goodwin returned to practice this week and is questionable with leg and ankle injuries. Goodwin has missed multiple games this season after spraining his ankle Week 3 and injuring his leg Week 7.

Running back Pierre Thomas will miss his second straight game with rib and shoulder injuries. Fellow running back Khiry Robinson is questionable after missing the Green Bay game and practice all week with a forearm injury.

Even if Robinson is able to go, Mark Ingram would likely receive most of the workload after rushing for 172 yards against the Packers.

Linebacker Kyle Knox has been upgraded to questionable after being sidelined against Green Bay with an ankle injury.

New Orleans got off to a poor start but can move into first place in the NFC South with a road win over Carolina on Thursday night. The losses in the backfield shouldn't be a big factor if Ingram runs well again, but the Saints will have to do some shuffling at inside linebacker with Hawthorne and potentially Knox out.  

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