The Falcons receivers left it all on the field in Thursday night's drubbing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Literally. By the end of the game, Harry Douglas and Devin Hester were banged up. Hester had to receive intravenous fluids (for likely cramping) in the locker room and Douglas had a foot injury.
Given the long weekend, both men have time to recover. Roddy White should be good-to-go as well, after sitting out week 3. In fact, Mike Smith offered him the opportunity to play 20-25 snaps against the Buccaneers. White declined, because he wants to be 100 percent before re-taking the field.
But what happens if one or more of Douglas/Hester/White aren't ready to go? Knock on wood, hopefully that won't be the case, but if it is, the Falcons may need to make a move.
For what it's worth, bringing Bernard Reedy up from the practice squad would make some sense. Reedy can return. So if Hester is still cramping up, Reedy can assume his responsibilities. The other practice squad option is Freddie Martino, who impressed in the Falcons' 4th preseason game. A third and very interesting possibility is the re-signing of Geraldo Boldewijn, also known as "Amsterdam." If you recall, the Falcons gave him an injury settlement at the conclusion of training camp. If he's healthy, the Falcons may look to add him to their 53 man roster. The final option would entail a scouring of the available free agents and/or a waiver claim.
Make no mistake, these aren't dire straights. Some combination of Julio Jones, Eric Weems, and Courtney Roby could probably get it done against the lowly Vikings. And that's assuming none of Douglas/Hester/White make it back in time, which is a very remote possibility.
So what's your preference if the Falcons do need to make a move?