The Skinny: Starting safety Kenny Vaccaro missed last week’s game with a concussion. He was able to participate in practice on a limited basis this week and is officially listed as questionable. CB Jabari Greer suffered a gruesome fracture to his tibia with associated multi-ligament damage at the knee and was placed on season-ending IR. CB Chris Carr is dealing with a hip injury and is officially listed as questionable.
The Injuries: We know from past experience that Vaccaro will need to pass ImPACT concussion testing in order to return to the lineup. The fact that he was listed as a limited participant in practice means he was able to do some things at practice, which wouldn’t be allowed if he wasn’t symptom-free. No word on whether or not he will play yet, but this could come down to a near game time decision.
With Vacarro, Greer, and Carr all possibly out of this game against the Falcons (though Vacarro seems likely to play in my mind), it could make things a lot easier on an absolutely struggling Falcons offense. Granted, the New Orleans Saints D/ST have done a great job generating a pass rush, the equally beat up Falcons’ offensive line will struggle with the pressure.
The Prognosis: We know that Vacarro and Carr are both nearing returns, but losing Greer for the season will be tough. Expect the Saints to still put up good numbers tonight against the Falcons, but we may see Matt Ryan find it easier to find some holes in the Saints’ secondary if all three guys don’t play tonight.