The Falcons offensive line has been banged up all season long, and there may be more shuffling with that unit in Sunday’s tilt against the Rams. Starting left guard James Carpenter did not practice on Thursday with a knee injury, tossing a large question mark into Atlanta’s game plan on offense.
Carpenter was listed as limited on Wednesday but was downgraded to DNP on Thursday, meaning that Sunday’s likely starting guards will be Jamon Brown and Wes Schweitzer. Where either will be used is also up in the air, as there’s the possibility that the team is more comfortable with Schweitzer’s experience on the right side of the line and electing to shift Brown over to the left.
Cornerback Desmond Trufant was held out for a second consecutive day, and it’s looking increasingly likely that the toe injury that he’s battling will again hold him out in this week’s game.
Julio Jones (hip), Ricardo Allen (knee), and Adrian Clayborn (knee) were all limited in Wednesday’s practice, but we haven’t seen any news that would put them in jeopardy for Sunday’s game.
The same can be said for both fullback Keith Smith and and backup corner Blidi Wreh-Wilson, who were also listed as limited.