Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was listed on Wednesday's injury report with a foot injury. Our beat reporter, John Hendrix, did not see Gardner-Johnson at the Saints' team practice on Wednesday. (11/10/21 UPDATE)
Gardner-Johnson's presence was missed in the late stages of the Saints-Falcons tilt Sunday afternoon. He left the contest after making a tackle on WR Gage and injuring his toe in the 2nd quarter approximately at 7:57 left before halftime
Sean Payton disclosed to the FOX sideline reporter that Gardner-Johnson "probably" would not return to game action; and, he did not.
Before he exited the game with two combined tackles and one pass defended.
Sean Payton did not share details on Gardner-Johnson's injury. He did mention to the media in yesterday's post-game press conference that he "keep you posted."
MONDAY MORNING UPDATES
On Monday morning's media call with Sean Payton, he did not disclose additional information on Gardner-Johnson's injury, per John Hendrix.
Ceedy Duce posted a biblical scripture on his social media accounts:
The key to his quoted scripture (New King James Version) are verses 19 and 20:
19 - Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 - He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.
Ps. 34: 17-22 (New King James Version)
Hopefully, it is a clue that Gardner-Johnson does not have broken bones in his foot.
DR. CHAO UPDATE
If CJGJ is out of action, New Orleans will turn to defensive back P.J. Williams to sub in the nickel packages.
Dr. David Chao of Pro Football Doc tweeted the following update on Gardner-Johnson's injury:
C.J. Gardner-Johnson, the Saints backup strong safety and nickel corner, left with a turf toe injury and will not return to the game. By video, the 23-year-old jammed his foot into the turf while trying to make a tackle.
He walked off the field and was carted to the locker room with his cleat off, indicating a toe injury. The Saints fourth corner Ken Crawley is out for the game on the COVID reserve list.