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Alex Mack, Levine Toilolo held out of Thursday’s Falcons practice

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The team’s star center should be good to go Sunday, but the lack of certainty still worries us.

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The Falcons continue to try to get to full health ahead of Sunday’s do-or-die game against the Carolina Panthers, but things look dour for Levine Toilolo, and suddenly we’re also worried about Alex Mack. Ah, the joys and nerves of fandom.

Mack suffered a calf strain in practice on Wednesday, and the Falcons are now likely to rest him today (okay, they already did that) and limit him tomorrow in the hopes that he’ll heal up enough to go Sunday. Toilolo is dealing with an injury that is widely expected to keep him out in Week 17.

Per Kelsey Conway, who is also the source above, Dan Quinn said he’s not overly worried about the status of anyone of his starting offensive linemen, who he thinks will be “ready to rock.” Wes Schweitzer and Andy Levitre are still limited and working their way back, but should both be systems go for Sunday if they don’t hit any setbacks. That will be absolutely critical against the Panthers, who have an unreal set of defensive linemen capable of tearing up Atlanta’s backups, if they have to turn to them.

The loss of Toilolo isn’t going to make or break this game, but it would have been nice to have him for the sake of the ground game, since he’s one of the team’s more capable blockers. For now, we’ll just settle for Julio and the trio of injured linemen to be ready to go, with the hope that they will make a huge difference for Atlanta in this one.