The absence of Harry Douglas has significantly affected the Falcons' offense. Caleb Rutherford discussed it a bit in my post about
that guy who isn't Tony Gonzalez Levin Toilolo, and I'm going to join in his analysis. Basically Douglas creates space, making the other weapons in the passing game more effective. In his absence, the Falcons become less dynamic, and it's shown.
That said, he's still sidelined with a deep bone bruise to his left foot. It's not clear when he will return, and Mike Smith isn't designating any sort of timeline.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>WR Harry Douglas did not participate in practice today. No timetable on his return. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATLvsBAL?src=hash">#ATLvsBAL</a></p>— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) <a href="https://twitter.com/Atlanta_Falcons/status/522472904416821248">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Great. If all goes according to plan, he will be absent just long enough for the Falcons to mathematically eliminate themselves from the playoffs. And to make matters worse, both Julio Jones and Devin Hester were "limited" in practice today. I don't know what Mike Smith did to the injury bug, but he needs suck it up, buy it some flowers, pop open a nice bottle of pinot, and break out the Marvin Gaye vinyl. Whatever it takes, Smitty.