Wednesday injury reports, the very first of a game week for NFL teams, typically offer a peek into what the lineup could look like Sunday.

If a player is able to practice on a restricted basis, they’re trending in the right instructions, disallowing a setback. If they can’t practice, it’s worth following on the next couple of days of injury reports.

Heading into their playoff matchup with the Chicago Bears, the New Orleans Saints injury card is an intriguing one.

Not appearing on the report are gamers presently on Injured Reserve (IR). Wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is anticipated to come off of it and play Sunday but isn’t listed on the report, and currently doesn’t account for one of the active roster spots till raised off of IR.

Other possible IR returns include wide receiver/returner Deonte Harris (neck) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring).

Thomas and Harris both practiced today, per Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football.

In addition, Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara is not on the report but wasn’t at practice today as he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and is on the COVID-19 reserve list. If he remains asymptomatic throughout the week, he will be eligible to go back to the team on Sunday, in time for the Saints match with the Bears.

Guard Nick Easton (concussion) is noted as DNP on today’s report but is expected to be put on Injured Reserve, according to ESPN NFL Country press reporter Mike Triplett.

Both New Orleans (12-4) and Chicago (8-8) has a number of essential starters on their very first injury/practice report of the week.

New Orleans hosts Chicago in the Wild Card playoff round this Sunday afternoon at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 3:40.

LP – restricted participant FP – complete participant DNP – did not practice/participate