Although the Vikings didn't practice and the Saints had a lighter practice Wednesday because of the Monday night game, both teams were required to submit an injury report that included participation (of which there was none for the Vikings). The policy was designed to curb complaints from other teams that teams like the Patriots, Colts and Broncos, who were making a mockery of the injury reporting system by listing 20 or more players each week on the list. Beginning last year, teams were required to submit a list of players on the injury report, the type of injury each player has and to what extent that player practiced – full participation, limited participation or no participation.
Seeing as the Vikings didn't practice Wednesday, their injury report speculated on the ability of their injured players to practice. E.J. Henderson (dislocated toes) was listed as no participation, while five others – Madieu Williams (neck), Jim Kleinsasser (foot), Sidney Rice (knee), Ray Edwards (shoulder) and Vinny Ciurciu (knee) – were listed as having limited participation in a practice that didn't exist.
The Saints, who have seen the roster crippled due to injury, listed five players as not participating – WR Marques Colston (thumb), CB Aaron Glenn (ankle), WR David Patten (groin), S Chris Reis (hamstring) and TE Jeremy Shockey (hernia). Seven other players were listed as having a limited participation – TE Mark Campbell (hamstring), WR Terrance Copper (hamstring), LB Troy Evans (ankle), CB Randall Gay (hamstring), C Jonathan Goodwin (hamstring), RB Mike Karney (ankle) and RB Aaron Stecker (hamstring).
For a practice that never took place, there sure were a lot of players watching the phantom practice from the sidelines.
On Fridays, teams are required to designate a player as out, doubtful (25 percent chance of playing), questionable (50 percent) or probable (75 percent).