The NFC South managed to escape Week 1 of the NFL season without many additional crippling injuries. Here's a run down of the weekend for the division:
Roddy White was limited during the Falcons' loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, catching just two passes for 19 yards and generally looking too gimpy to gain separation from defensive backs and act as anything more than a decoy. The coaching staff maintained that White was dealing with a low ankle sprain during camp, but White confirmed that he actually has a more worrisome high ankle sprain that could further limit his effectiveness going forward.
Asante Samuel was scratched at game time due to a thigh injury. He was a limited participant in practice throughout last week, so his status for Week 2 is still unclear at the moment.
The Panthers escaped serious harm outside of the projected starters who were put on the inactive list prior to kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks. The team will revisit the status of wide receiver Domenik Hixon, left guard Amini Silatolu and strong safety Mike Mitchell later in the week.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints's defense had a strong performance against the Falcons, but the unit didn't escape unscathed. Defensive linemen Brodrick Bunkley and Tyrunn Walker, and cornerback Patrick Robinson all left Sunday's game with apparent leg injuries. Walker actually had to be carted off the field.
There is no word yet on the severity of the injuries. Wednesday's injury report should be revealing.