After enjoying a fairly good stretch of health, the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions suffered their fair share of injuries in Week 2. Both teams are potentially down key contributors on either side of the ball, making each teams depth and rotational players all the more important.
Let’s take a closer look at the official injury reports for both teams.
Falcons Injury Report
EDGE Vic Beasley (hamstring)
RT Ryan Schraeder (concussion)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)
RB Terron Ward (neck/shoulder)
RB Brian Hill (ankle)
The Falcons are definitely banged-up heading into Week 3. Vic Beasley, the team’s primary pass rusher, is out for at least a month with a hamstring strain. Schraeder is still going through the league’s concussion protocol and will remain out for Sunday’s game, though he did return to team meetings on Thursday. Upshaw suffered an ankle injury early in the Packers game, and is out for the game. It’s unclear how long-term this injury is.
RB Terron Ward was a late addition to the injury report. He practiced fully on Wednesday, but was limited Thursday with what is being called a “neck/shoulder” injury. He was held out of practice completely on Friday. Rookie RB Brian Hill appears fully healthy coming off his preseason ankle injury after practicing in full this week. He’ll take Ward’s place as the RB3 on Sunday.
Lions Injury Report
LB Jarrad Davis (concussion)
RB Dwayne Washington (quad)
S Tavon Wilson (shoulder)
DE Ezekiel Ansah (knee)
G Joe Dahl (lower leg)
C Travis Swanson (ankle)
Detroit suffered several injuries to starters during Monday’s game against the Giants. Rookie LB Jarrad Davis remains in the league’s concussion protocol and will not play this week. Reserve RB Dwayne Washington was held out of practice all week with a quad injury and has also been declared out. Starting S Tavon Wilson has also been declared out with a shoulder injury after being unable to practice this week.
The Lions also have three players listed as questionable. Starting C Travis Swanson has been unable to practice at all this week with an ankle injury. Ultimately, I think it’s unlikely he plays. Starting EDGE Ezekiel Ansah was limited throughout the week with a knee injury and is officially listed as questionable. He was able to play through the injury last weekend. Reserve G Joe Dahl was limited throughout the week with a lower leg injury.
Both teams appear to be missing key starters heading into Sunday’s game. The injuries might be more significant for Detroit, however, as the depth at several key positions (LB, S, C) is a big concern. LB Jarrad Davis would likely be replaced by journeyman LB Paul Worrilow or untested rookie LB Jaylen Reeves-Maybin—neither would be an adequate player to match up with the Falcons RBs in coverage.
If C Travis Swanson is forced to sit, the Lions will have to shuffle their interior OL to accommodate his absence. G Graham Glasgow would likely shift to C, pushing G Joe Dahl (who is also banged up) into the starting lineup. That could be a big problem against a formidable Falcons interior defensive line.
The Falcons pass rush is obviously not the same without Beasley, but they appear to have the depth to weather the storm temporarily. RT Ryan Schraeder will be replaced once again by T Ty Sambrailo, who was solid in his debut against the Packers. Fortuitously, swing tackle Austin Pasztor will be available for the first time this week, which should sure up the depth there.
What are your thoughts on the Falcons and Lions injuries? Any big concerns for either side?