As often comes with a team in a down year, injuries are setting in with the 2019 Atlanta Falcons.
Matt Ryan, Grady Jarrett, Desmond Trufant, James Carpenter and Ito Smith were all held out of Thursday’s practice, leaving all of them in doubt for Sunday.
Ryan, of course, has a high ankle sprain, though Ledbetter said Ryan was walking without a boot on, which bodes well for the immediate future.
It’s his second missed day, so don’t expect him to be very likely to return to action this week. Ryan did not speak with the media this week, and Matt Schaub took his place for that media availability, which is unusual. The Falcons are likely to be very cautious with the franchise quarterback’s health in a lost season.
Per the report, Jarrett has an abdominal injury and Smith suffered a concussion last Sunday against the Rams, with Trufant’s turf toe problem and Carpenter’s knee injury still hurting them. Carpenter was limited on Wednesday, so seeing him downgraded to no participation on Thursday is not encouraging for his Sunday status.
We’ll see which Falcons go and can’t Sunday, but in a year like this, don’t be surprised to see the team take it carefully with guys like Ryan and Jarrett.
Seattle fans got a bit of a worry when quarterback Russell Wilson appeared on the injury list with a knee problem, but he was still a full participant and assured reporters he’d be fine with playing this week.