NFC South Blog
WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) practiced fully on Thursday, ahead of where he was last week at this time. He has been upgraded to probable and, barring any setbacks, should be ready to go against the Rams on Sunday. For the second time this year, Jackson has posted touchdowns in consecutive games.
ESPN.com's Mike Triplett has reported that the New Orleans Saints have cut ties with former playoff hero, kicker Garrett Hartley. Hartley had struggled this season, making only 22 of his 30 FG attempts, ending his tenure for the Saints by missing two in a 27-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams in week 15. Hartley made arguably the four biggest FG's in franchise history during their Super Bowl XLIV championship run in 2010 when he nailed a 40 yarder in overtime to win the NFC championship game, then drilled three from beyond 40 yards in their 31-17 win over the Colts. After having a low, 36 yard kick blocked and flat-out missing a 26 yard attempt, head coach Sean Payton decided it was time for a change.
Roddy White's fantasy owners have already dealt with the frustration of owning him through his season-long ankle injury. That was compounded before the Falcons' bye when White added a hamstring injury. Now, after staying off the injury report for a couple of weeks, his body has a new problem: a knee injury. It limited White throughout the practice week, and he is listed as questionable to play against the Redskins on Sunday.
However, the level of concern here is low. White said Friday his left knee swelled up a little bit after falling on it during last week's game in Green Bay. The injury is being called a bruise, and White said he'll be "good to go" this weekend.
With one look at his season statistics, you might say that Saints running back Darren Sproles has been a forgotten player this year. But he's been forgotten more than usual lately. In two games since returning from a sprained ankle, Sproles has played less than 20 snaps each week. He played 19 snaps in Week 13 versus the Seahawks and then 15 snaps on Sunday night against the Panthers. In those two games combined, Sproles touched the ball 14 times for 104 total yards.