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Brian Poole now questionable for Sunday, potentially leaving the Falcons thin at cornerback

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This is not the news we wanted on Saturday.

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The Atlanta Falcons really did not need any more injuries to their secondary ahead of Sunday’s huge game against the Minnesota Vikings. In a perfect storm, Case Keenum (?) has been on fire with the help of Adam Thielen (???), and starting corner Desmond Trufant is expected out with a concussion caused by Keanu Neal (????). Brian Poole was expected to return, but was just downgraded to questionable just over 24 hours from kickoff.

Historically, a late downgrade is very problematic. Poole has likely suffered a setback, and may not play. Or if he does play, there’s a good chance he will be limited with the back injury.

The Falcons passed on signing a corner this week, and it is probably too late in the week to bring anyone in and play them tomorrow. That leaves an unimpressive group for the showdown against Minnesota: Robert Alford, C.J. Goodwin, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, and probably Ricardo Allen.

Yikes.

We were already concerned about the lack of depth at corner, and now the team only has three pure corners ready to suit up. Their best chance at this point is elevating a corner from the practice squad.