The Atlanta Falcons will predictably be without two valuable players on offense against the Buccaneers. Tevin Coleman couldn’t return from the league’s concussion protocol in time for the game, while Andy Levitre appears to be dealing with a multi-week injury that could keep him out the rest of the regular season. Neither absence is great, but they are survivable losses for this Falcons team so long as they play well.
There are no other surprises on the list here. I keep forgetting the Falcons signed cornerback Leon McFadden, who is inactive alongside the newly re-signed Deji Olatoye. Sean Weatherspoon has been inactive on and off since joining the team, while I don’t believe the Falcons have activated Nick Williams or Sean Harlow a single time this year. Harlow could be in the mix for a job a year from now, however, and I have no idea what will happen with Williams.
The Buccaneers, meanwhile, are done both Doug Martin and Gerald McCoy. I don’t have to tell you how big of a deal it is for a reeling Bucs team to be down arguably its best defensive player and its starting running back. Hopefully that will be reflected in the box score.