The Atlanta Falcons have plenty of injuries, and their inactives list against the Panthers reflects that unfortunate reality. As you’ll see below, the Falcons have Devonta Freeman, Ben Garland, and Russell Gage out due to injury, which leaves Wes Schweitzer as the primary (and really only) reserve option along the interior line.
The Panthers are starting Chris Clark at left tackle, so they’re hardly better off, but the Falcons have a few realities to navigate here. New addition Steven Means and fifth defensive tackle Justin Zimmer are both inactive, which means the Falcons’ line will comprise just eight full-time players against this lousy Panthers offensive line. Blidi Wreh-Wilson will step in at corner with a larger role (though still not a large role) with Isaiah Oliver shelved, too.
Of course, the biggest hole is left by Devonta Freeman. Without him, the team will lean very heavily on Tevin Coleman, with the hope that Ito Smith and Brian Hill can do some solid work if they’re needed. Hill should get a lot of run on special teams today, too.
We’re just about an hour away from gametime. Buckle up!