Just when we thought we were healthy, bam!
Fullback Ovie Mughelli, one of the league's best blockers and a guy who can catch and run a little when called upon, is day-to-day with a calf injury. In coach speak, that could mean anything from "he'll be practicing Thursday" to "out with debilitating leg leprosy." The Bears have potent speed off the edge, where Mughelli would help, so the Falcons may just choose to ram Michael Turner up the gut and hope defensive linemen go flying every which way. Either way, it won't be a help to our running game.
As tlozwarlock said earlier today when we talked about Ovie that Jason Snelling is probably plenty capable of filling in for a game if need be, and I tend to agree. He's not as big as Mughelli, but he's a capable pass protector and you can bet your downy Falcons jacket that he's going to hit people with relish. Considering we'll have more to fear from the pass rush than anything else against the Bears, it's not likely to be the killer drop some might fear. My expectation is that we'll be looking to shred the secondary, as well.
What do you think? Will we turn to the running game often, will Mughelli play, and will it affect us?