Anthony (leg) returned to practice on Monday, NOLA.com reports.
Anthony was carted off the field with an unspecified leg injury during the Saints' preseason opener against New England. However, New Orleans evidently dodged a bullet as he logged a full practice Monday and appeared to be moving without limitations throughout team drills. Now proven healthy, he'll resume his entrance into the regular season as Rotowire's 26th-ranked IDP prospect.
Rankins, who was carted off during Monday's practice, will have surgery to repair a fractured fibula and is expected to miss six weeks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Rankins' injury is a tough blow to the Saints' defense, which aded him with the 12th overall pick in this year's draft to beef up its front line. Furthermore, the Louisville product was impressive to this point in camp, even intercepting Tom Brady during joint practices with the Patriots last week. With Rankins now sidelined going into the regular season, Nick Fairley, John Jenkins and fellow rookie David Onyemata should see more reps at defensive tackle.
The Saints released Brown (calf) with an injury settlement Thursday, removing him from injured reserve, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Brown joined the Saints in May, adding a veteran presence to a receiving corps lacking in experience. However, he failed his pre-training camp physical due to a strained calf, which will bring his brief tenure in New Orleans to a close. The severity of the injury will likely determine when he receives a chance with another organization.
Wentz (ribs) is experiencing soreness after throwing over the weekend and he won't throw during Monday's practice as a result, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports.
Coach Doug Pederson will continue to proceed cautiously with Wentz's rib injury as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft needs to make additional progress in his recovery in order to see anymore preseason action at all. At this point he's almost a lock to miss Saturday's exhibition game against the Colts, while his final chance to get on the field before the regular season would come Sep. 1 against the Jets. Sam Bradford's status as the starting quarterback remains secure, while Chase Daniel figures to get the nod as the primary backup with Wentz sidelined throughout the preseason.
Coach Doug Pederson confirmed Monday that it figures to be a couple of weeks before Matthews (knee) is able to return to action.
On the plus side, based on Pederson's comments Monday, Matthews -- who absorbed a big hit to his left knee on Friday -- doesn't appear to be in much danger of missing regular season time. "We want to make sure he's completely healthy with that knee," Pederson noted Monday. "Hopefully, tentatively, you get into that third preseason game with the Colts, if not, then the regular season." With Matthews missing practice, CSNPhilly.com reports that Josh Huff took snaps with the Eagles' first-team offense as the unit's slot receiver.
Smallwood (quad) did not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Despite returning to practice over the weekend, Smallwood will sit out for the second time in two preseason games. His bid for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart is already taking a hit, as Kenjon Barner posted a 6-41-1 rushing line in Thursday's game, after going for 7-35-0 in the preseason opener. While he still offers some long-term handcuff appeal, Smallwood may open the season as a gameday inactive. He could really help his cause if he returns for the third week of the preseason and manages to outplay Barner.