NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 26: Jeremy Shockey #88 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by William Moore #25 of the Atlanta Falcons at the Louisiana Superdome on September 26 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Given the long list of injured Falcons this week, it's a minor miracle that only two are going to miss this game.
Ultimately, close to ten players will be probable for the Saints game, including wide receiving wonder Julio Jones. I'd wager heavily that everyone listed as probable on that report will play, which is great news for a Falcons team trying to bull its way into a tie for first place in the NFC South.
On the other hand, the two who are going to sit out are both starters. So that's not great.
The first is Sam Baker. We already knew Baker was going to be out, and by some miracle ordained by the Football Gods themselves, Will Svitek has been a capable replacement. In the two games he's started, you could even argue Svitek has been an upgrade. If this keeps up, I'm going to have to make crow my dinner. It would thus be fair to say that Baker's absence isn't going to keep me awake at night.
As for Moore, don't let the doubtful tag fool you. There have been rumblings all week that he was going to miss the game, and the Falcons are confident that James Sanders can step in and start in a pinch. They're not going to rush their prized young safety back from injury, even in a game as important as this one.
That's unfortunate, because Moore's physicality and opportunistic streak on errant passes would serve the Falcons well against Drew Brees, Darren Sproles & Co. Let's hope Sanders can rise to the occasion.
Thoughts on the injury report?