NFC Championship Injury Report

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Both teams released their injury reports to the league today and there seems to be some bad news for both teams.

New Orleans Saints

CB Malcolm Jenkins (knee) – Questionable
TE Jeremy Shockey (knee) – Questionable
DE Bobby McCray (back) – Probable
C Jonathan Goodwin (knee) – Probable
WR Robert Meachem (ankle) – Probable
S Darren Sharper (knee) – Probable

The biggest loss here would be not playing Jeremy Shockey. Shockey brings toughness to the Saints. He is an above average blocker who will be asked to help LT Jermon Bushrod cover Vikings DE Jared Allen. Losing his playmaking ability will hurt the passing game. His presence on the field helps create favorable matchups for the Saints. Expect Shockey to play some in sunday’s game. He’s too much of a competitor, especially when soimuch is at stake.

Meachem has bounced back well from an ankle injury and is expected to play Sunday.

Sharper was limited in practice but is expected to fully play in Sunday’s game.

Minnesota Vikings

WR Percy Harvin (Migraines) – Questionable
DT Pat Williams (Elbow) – Questionable
DE Ray Edwards (Knee) – Questionable
CB Benny Sapp (Ankle) – Questionable
DT Kevin Williams (Knee) – Questionable
WR Bernard Berrian (Ankle) – Probable
G Steve Hutchinson (Shoulder) – Probable
DT Jimmy Kennedy (Thumb) – Probable
LB Ben Leber (Knee) – Probable
CB Antoine Winfield (Foot) – Probable

The Vikings injury report is a bit more complicated. Three quarters of the Vikings defensive line is on the injury report. Edwards and Kevin Williams suffered knee injuries in last weeks game. Edwards accounted for 3 sacks of Tony Romo last week.

Winfield, the Vikings best CB, has been limited to playing in nickel and dime packages the last few weeks of the season due to a foot fracture. Expect him to continue to play in situations against the Saints’ slot receivers or tight ends, mainly Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey. A lot of pressure will be put on the rest of the secondary to contain the Saints passing attack, especially on Leber and Sapp, who has started in place of Winfield.

Losing Harvin would be a blow to the Vikings. He is the #2 receiver in the Vikings pass offense who also makes a few runs out of the backfield. his speed and vision make him a dangerous kick returner. Harvin has a history of migraines. He missed time earlier this season due to the headaches. Vikings coach Brad Childress was leary of Harvin traveling on the team’s flight tomorrow due to the migraines. We will know more about Harvin’s playing status Saturday night.


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