Wednesday Injury Report: Saints Marques Colston Misses Practice, Expects to Play

Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeenNFC South Lead WriterSeptember 6, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 17:   Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by  Mike Holmes #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Injury reports around the NFL come out on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the practice week, and Week 1 is typically one of the lightest when it comes to the number of injured players that make the list.

There was the potential of that not being the case in New Orleans as the Saints were hit pretty hard with injuries during the preseason and had a number of potential big-name players that could have prominently been present on Wednesday’s report.

According to the Times-Picayune, interim head coach Aaron Kromer stated that every player on the injury report Wednesday should play.

Wide receiver Marques Colston missed practice Wednesday with a sore left foot. He was the only player that did not participate.

Linebacker David Hawthorne (knee), cornerback Jabari Greer (groin) and linebacker Curtis Lofton (knee) were all limited in practice while wide receiver Adrian Arrington (knee) fully participated.

Running back Darren Sproles, who missed the final three preseason games, was not listed on Wednesday’s injury report.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons listed just two players on their injury report Wednesday: running back Jason Snelling (calf) and cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring). Both players returned to practice after extended preseason layoffs, according to Atlanta Field Report, and both are expected to play Sunday in Kansas City.

Carolina Panthers

Four players were listed on Carolina’s injury report Wednesday, but two participated fully.

Wide receiver Steve Smith, who missed almost two weeks with a foot infection, and Jon Beason, who missed all four preseason games with a hamstring injury, both practiced in full Wednesday.

Center Jeff Byers (knee) and running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) did not participate.

Head coach Ron Rivera, on the Panthers official website, said that the team had the luxury of leaning on others while Stewart recovered. He also said he expects Byers to make a quick return.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cornerbacks E.J. Biggers (foot) and Anthony Gaitor (hamstring) were both listed on Wednesday’s injury report from Tampa Bay, as was wide receiver Arrelious Benn (knee).

Biggers has been off the field since the first day of training camp when he collided with Benn.

Benn was the only one of the three that was limited in practice. Biggers and Gaitor participated fully, according to the Buccaneers via Twitter.