Wednesday injury reports, the first of a Sunday game week for NFL teams, often give a glimpse into what the lineup could look like Sunday.

Thursday injury reports give us a better glimpse.

Who's practice status improved?

If a player is upgraded from the previous day's status, they're trending in the right direction, barring a setback.

For the Saints, two players who were unable to practice yesterday got on the practice field today on a limited basis in defensive end Cam Jordan (back) and wide receiver Tre'quan Smith (concussion).

Unfortunately, running back Alvin Kamara (foot) was downgraded from LP (limited participant) yesterday to DNP today.

On another note, with multiple fractured ribs and a punctured lung, quarterback Drew Brees obviously remains DNP (did not participate/practice) on today's practice/injury report, and will likely be there for a few weeks.

New Orleans elected not to place Brees on injured reserve (IR). Had they, he could've been activated back to the active roster in 3 weeks. His presence on the 53 man roster suggests the Saints think he could possibly return to the field during that time frame, though it's not a guarantee.

A number of key starters for the Saints were also LP and DNP, as the team got fairly beat up in last Sunday's win against San Francisco.

The Saints (7-2) host the rival Falcons (3-6) this Sunday at noon.

Here's a rundown of today's injury report for both New Orleans and Atlanta.

LP - limited participant          FP - full participant          DNP - did not participate/practice

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

PositionNameInjuryWednesdayThursday
TEJosh HillConcussionDNPDNP
WRTre'Quan SmithConcussionDNPLP
QBDrew BreesRibs/Right ShoulderDNPDNP
RBDwayne WashingtonBackDNPDNP
DECameron JordanBackDNPLP
TRyan RamczykKneeLPLP
DTMalcom BrownCalfLPLP
RBAlvin KamaraFootLPDNP
CBMarshon LattimoreAbdomenLPLP

 

ATLANTA FALCONS

positionNameInjuryWednesdayThursday
TMatt GonoIllnessDNPDNP
WRCalvin RidleyFootLPLP
TKaleb McGaryKneeFPFP
TEJaeden GrahamKnee/ToeFP
TEJohn WetzelAnkleLP
CAlex MackNIR-RestDNP
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