With Week 1 in the books, the Falcons must put the blunders of yesterday behind them as two divisional opponents await for Weeks 2 and 3.
The team will host the Carolina Panthers next Sunday, though two key figures to the Panthers’ offense could be on the sideline.
TE Greg Olsen exited Carolina’s Sunday win over the Dallas Cowboys with a foot injury and did not return. He was questionable pre-game with a back injury as well.
Postgame, Ron Rivera said it was not the same foot injury that limited Olsen last season but that it was the same foot.
Olsen turned 33 in March but is still one of Cam Newton’s top targets on that offense. Even if the injury is not serious, the team could opt to give Olsen a week off with so many bangs and bruises this early. This would clear the way for rookie TE Ian Thomas to start, who had been drawing some praise from training camp.
Starting right tackle Daryl Williams might be in a tough spot, as he’s scheduled to get an MRI Monday on his knee. He was carted off during Sunday’s contest with an injury. He tore his MCL and dislocated his patella in camp but was somehow able to enter the season healthy.
If he misses any time, Carolina would lose both its starting tackles after LT Matt Kalil hit IR before the season began. T Amini Silatolu would likely start in his place.
We’ll keep an eye on how the veteran Panthers pass catcher and blocker progress through the week, but it looks like both teams will be at less than 100% Sunday.