Via Saints Twitter just minutes ago, it was reported that Saints defensive lineman, Anthony Hargrove has unexpectedly landed on the mandatory injury report for Thursday night’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in the Superdome. Hargrove, who reportedly was not on Monday’s injury report, sat out practice on Tuesday with an undisclosed knee injury. No further details have been given.
In other news, Zach Strief also did not practice on Tuesday after having practiced on a limited basis the day before. However, starting linebacker, Jonathan Vilma (right groin) and starting cornerback, Tracy Porter (sore left knee) both reportedly practiced but in a limited capacity. WR Marques Colston had a full practice, despite having suffered a bruised kidney in the preseason finale against the Titans.
It looks like the Saints defense (more than the offense) is really being deflated by injuries–all before what is being anticipated to be one of the biggest games of the season. At this stage, it would take a miracle for the defense to hold Favre and the Vikings with so many key players injured. With the extent of those injuries still unclear, we can only speculate about how much those who have been bitten by the injury bug will participate, if any. One thing is for certain though, and that is the fact that no patch-up job is going to work. We’re talking about having to defend against a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Favre and a premiere back in Peterson. I suppose the best thing in all of this is that the Saints coaches are smart enough to get something figured out before game time–at least we all hope so.