The Falcons are likely to be without a couple of key players for yet another week, though there's a silver lining in those injured clouds.
Quinn: Brooks Reed will be back practicing today and has a shot to play this weekend. #HOUvsATL— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 30, 2015
Quinn says Coleman won't participate in practice today. Julio will be held out, as well, and Tamme is in concussion protocol. #HOUvsATL— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 30, 2015
Hester's running, as well, though he did not practice. This list seems a little intimidating until you remember that Julio has either missed practice or has been limited because of his hamstring every week this year, and he's still on pace to break major receiving records. The man is a higher life form, and I expect him to play this weekend.
The Falcons will be without Jacob Tamme, Tevin Coleman, and likely Devin Hester again this week, however. Tamme's absence means a big role in the offense for Levine Toilolo, with new signing Mickey Shuler probably chipping in. Coleman's nursing his rib injury, which leaves Devonta Freeman free to run roughshod over another run defense this week, with Terron Ward spelling him if necessary. Without Hester, the Falcons will once again turn to Eric Weems, who I love dearly but shouldn't be returning kicks and punts.
The really interesting subplot here belongs to Brooks Reed, who I thought would be out until at least Week 6 or 7. Reed is obviously itching to return to play the Texans, his former team, and he would give the team a boost at linebacker, where Justin Durant, Nate Stupar and O'Brien Schofield have largely played well, and everyone else has had some rough spells. Monitor his status closely over the next couple of days, and we'll see if he can make his triumphant return.