The early returns on the injury report are a little discouraging for the Falcons, who could use the healthiest possible roster heading into their frigid tilt against Green Bay.
Harry Douglas returned to practice in a limited role today. Roddy White and Robert Alford did not practice. #ATLvsGB— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) December 5, 2014
The offense hummed along against a tough Cardinals defense even without Roddy White, and the Falcons are fortunate to have Devin Hester and Drew Davis as potential deep threats to at least force the Packers' defense to account for them, opening up opportunities for the other guys in the passing attack. I'm expecting Harry Douglas to play, but obviously I'm a little nervous he won't. If you take Roddy and Douglas out of the equation, the Packers can key in on Julio Jones more easily, and that's tremendously bad news for the offense just one week after they got rolling again. Again, though, I bet Douglas will be out there, even if I'm dubious about White's chances.
Alford's a true wild card. His return would give the secondary a nice boost, enabling him to step in and take snaps away from a scuffling Robert McClain while keeping Josh Wilson in the lineup in nickel packages. Alford's no magic bullet—he's been toast more than a few times this season, and his penalties are a problem—but he'd still give the secondary a boost against the best passing attack left on the schedule.
We'll get a more final injury report tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.