After a much lengthier report last time we met, the news is fairly encouraging on the injury front. And that's probably because many of the names on that list are no longer on the roster. Here's your brief injury rundown for Sunday.
G Kory Lichtensteiger—The plan was to get Lichtensteiger healthy in time for week 1 after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery this summer. He participated fully in practices Thursday and Friday, and was listed as "Probable" for Sunday. After Thursday's practice, Shanahan hinted that Lichtensteiger and Maurice Hurt may rotate at left guard in New Orleans. Barring any last-minute catastrophes, everything is going according to plan. Take your time to savor that sentence, because it's not something often written about the Skins offensive line.
DT Chris Baker—Baker participated fully in Thursday and Friday practices after injuring his ankle during the Colts game. No official word, but he should be all set for Sunday.
LB Brian Orakpo—After offseason surgery to repair his left pectoral muscle, Orakpo re-aggravated the injury during the Bears game on August 8. Like Lichtensteiger, Orakpo practiced in full on Thursday and Friday, and has been declared "Probable" for Sunday. Good, because I have a feeing we're gonna need him.
CB Josh Wilson—Wilson, who suffered from an ab injury, also participated fully in practice and has been designated "Probable" to play on Sunday.
S Brandon Meriweather—You probably already know this by now, but Meriweather has been ruled out of the season opener with a sprained MCL and PCL in his left knee. In what coaches called a "freak accident," the slated starter fell awkwardly on the same knee he injured in week 2 of the preseason. He'll miss two to four weeks.
As usual, give me a heads up if I missed anyone.