The Falcons need to be in full strength going into the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Well, theoretically it would be better if they were healthy. Or they could lose and really not much changes. This is just slightly more important than a preseason game now that I think about it.
Let’s take a look at the injuries.
The biggest news: Kicker Younghoe Koo has returned to full participation. I am not really sure what full participation is for a kicker, but I assume he got in some good kicks. The Falcons definitely want to take a good look at the two-time Special Teams Player of the Week. If he maintains his current 2019, he should easily be the starter heading into training camp.
Unmentioned is Allen Bailey has returned to practice. He has missed a few weeks due to an undisclosed personal issue but comes back at the perfect time with Takkarist McKinely heading to injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
The mediumest news: Julio Jones (shoulder), Ricardo Allen (shoulder), Kenjon Barner (shoulder/knee), Foyesade Oluokon (shoulder), Ty Sambrailo (hamstring), Luke Stocker (hip), and Jack Crawford (thigh) got in a limited practice. Players limited on Thursday nearly always play on Sunday, assuming they do not suffer any setbacks in the meantime. Expect all of these players to go without limitation.
The smallest news: Alex Mack was given a veteran’s day off. As someone close to Mack’s age, my back hurts all the time and I sit in an ergonomic chair. He could definitely use a little rest to keep him healthy and fresh. He will start on Sunday. Jamon Brown is out with an illness, and James Carpenter is still out with a concussion. Neither player is likely starting, even if healthy. The Falcons may run into depth issues, but Matt Gono looked solid taking reps at guard. There is decent a chance neither player takes another snap this season.