The Falcons head into their Sunday morning tilt with the Detroit Lions with a million questions to be answered. Injuries remain among the most critical of those.
Harry Douglas missed practice today, but coaches will be monitoring his condition all week: http://t.co/1nVtejvbk3 pic.twitter.com/lqYG8MQNgY— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) October 22, 2014
The Falcons' offense has been scuffling badly, a consequence of a depleted offensive line, a ground game that has been sporadically used and effective only in bursts, and a receiving corps that hasn't been able to step up and deliver in the face of that, at least on a consistent basis. They've been down Harry Douglas for a few weeks now, and it's had a real impact on the offense, albeit one that isn't readily quantifiable. He should return after the bye.
Losing Jonathan Babineaux would hurt for this one. As is often the case, Babs hasn't put up the numbers, but he's been one of the few defenders in the backfield on a fairly consistent basis. If he can't go, it likely means more snaps for Malliciah Goodman, Corey Peters and Ra'Shede Hageman.
The rest of the injury report is short. Julio Jones, Justin Blalock and Prince Shembo all had limited Wednesday practices. Julio should be full-go, Blalock will start despite his ongoing back troubles and Shembo may well be a gameday active with very few snaps for the third week in a row. There's no one else on the injury report, but we'll see if that holds up all week.