It's not unreasonable to expect the Falcons to be down a starting cornerback, a starting linebacker, and a pair of backups. While it's not a long list, it is a significant one, and the Falcons can ill afford to be missing anyone after a sub-par performance against the Eagles last week. Of course, the Bengals ain't the Eagles.
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LB Sean Weatherspoon, OUT: This was etched in stone from the beginning of the week. The Falcons don't want to risk further injury to their prized rookie linebacker, so they're letting him sit against the Bengals and continue to heal through the bye week. Thankfully, Stephen Nicholas is a capable fill-in.
TE Justin Peelle, OUT: Following a sports hernia surgery, Peelle is out for the foreseeable future. Michael Palmer will fill in this week, and hopefully he's capable of living up to Peelle's modest production and potential.
CB Dunta Robinson, QUESTIONABLE: This is horse hockey. Dunta has a concussion and the Falcons would have to be out of their collective mind to play him. The only thing questionable here is the the tag the team has put on Robinson. Look for Chris Owens and Brent Grimes to start, with Brian Williams taking nickel duties. Dominique Franks may be due for a few reps.
RB Antone Smith, QUESTIONABLE: Three straight missed practices tell me that Smith isn't going to play in this one. This might be the first Gartrell Johnson sighting for the Falcons. Let's all get pumped!
LB Curtis Lofton, GOOD TO GO: Thankfully, The Police shall ride against the Bengals. Woop woop.