There’s no reason to believe that the Falcons will be missing key injured players like Desmond Trufant, Alex Mack, Derrick Shelby, and Adrian Clayborn when they open up the regular season on the road against the Chicago Bears. There’s plenty of reason to think that not all those guys will suit up for workouts this summer, and perhaps even training camp.
Alex Mack will be on the field at OTAs, but Clayborn and Shelby are no locks to be, per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.
Falcons to remain cautious with Clayborn (biceps), Shelby (Achilles) at OTAS. Alex Mack (fibula) will participate. https://t.co/dKmGfDY2P1— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) May 25, 2017
I always advocate for caution with injuries, so this is not something I’d consider a big deal, or a particularly alarming one. Shelby and Clayborn both are coming back from truly significant injuries, with Clayborn missing the end of the year and Shelby missing more than half the season in 2016. Both will get some light work in the weeks ahead with the coaching staff, but so long as they’re not incredibly rusty by Week 1, the Falcons will be in fine shape.
Desmond Trufant, meanwhile, will likely not get onto the practice field at all until July. All four of these players will be vital cogs for Atlanta in 2017, though, so as long as they get there by September, we’ll all be happy.