Colston, Shockey likely to play on Sunday

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WR Marques Colston (thumb) and TE Jeremy Shockey (hernia) both seem likely to play on Sunday against Carolina. Both were listed as probable after practicing this week.

In their absense, QB Drew Brees has been on a tear, leading the league in passing yards. The return of both players could only bolster the offense.

For Carolina, two offensive linemen -- T Jeff Otah and C Ryan Kalil -- may not play thanks to injuries. Both experienced soreness in their ankles after Wednesday's workouts. They're both listed as doubtful.

As for other personnel news...

Saints:

RB Reggie Bush was held out of team drills for a second straight day Thursday because of swelling and soreness in his left knee. Bush did some individual work, however, and is listed as probable.

DT Sedrick Ellis did not practice again Thursday as he continues to rehab from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Oct. 3. He is listed as out.

RG Jahri Evans, who has an ankle injury, worked on a limited basis Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday. He is probable and should play.

LCB Mike McKenzie worked limited in Thursday's practice after resting his surgically repaired right knee Wednesday. He is probable and should play.

FS Kevin Kaesviharn was able to work on a limited basis again Thursday after missing last week's game with a back injury. He is probable.

DT Antwan Lake, who did not work Wednesday, was limited Thursday as he continues to come back from a groin injury. He is questionable after a limited workout on Friday.

CB Aaron Glenn was limited in Thursday's practice, but may return Sunday after being sidelined for four games with a right ankle injury. But his return is questionable.

LG Carl Nicks, who was held out of practice Wednesday after having an asthma attack, was a full-go in Thursday's session. He is listed as probable.

Panthers

WR Dwayne Jarrett will replace D.J. Hackett again this week as the team's No. 3 receiver against New Orleans. Jarrett caught just one ball last week (for four yards) and dropped a very catchable pass. Hackett is listed as out, thanks to a knee injury.

RT Jeremy Bridges will start this week if Otah can't go.

C Geoff Hangartner is likely to start this week if Kalil can't go.

WR Steve Smith has seven touchdowns in his last six games against the Saints (six receiving, one rushing) and he should be a big factor on Sunday. Smith also is looking to make up for his two dropped touchdowns the previous two weeks.

KR Mark Jones could replace Jonathan Stewart on kickoff returns.

RB Jonathan Stewart (illness), and LB Adam Seward (thigh) are both questionable for Sunday's game.

Game vitals

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET

SURFACE: Grass

TV: FOX (Matt Vasgersian, Brian Baldinger, Laura Okmin)

SERIES: 27th regular-season meeting. Panthers lead, 14-12, with Carolina taking four of the last five matchups between the NFC South rivals. The Saints have done extremely well in Bank of America Stadium, however, winning six of the last eight there -- including a 31-6 blowout in their last meeting on Nov. 25, 2007.


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