After a thoroughly disappointing and embarrassing loss to the Lions in Week 7, we’re all looking for any shred of good news concerning the Falcons. It seems the team was lucky to avoid serious injuries to C Alex Mack—who left for a handful of plays early in the first quarter—and WR Russell Gage, who appeared to suffer a painful injury but returned in the second half.
Atlanta did receive some more positive injury news on Monday, as rookie DT Marlon Davidson was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Davidson was originally placed on the list on October 13, and missed both Week 6 and Week 7’s games.
The Falcons have activated Marlon Davidson from the reserve/COVID-19 list.— Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) October 26, 2020
Davidson has unfortunately missed the majority of the season thus far, appearing in just 3 games. An ankle injury suffered prior to Week 1 caused him to miss the first two games, in addition to the two he missed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Davidson has 4 total tackles, 1 PD, and 2 pressures thus far in 2020, although he’s played less than 20% of the snaps in those games.
The Falcons have been struggling to produce a pass rush through the first 7 games of the season, with just 10 sacks (T-24th) and a 19.5% pressure rate (19th). Perhaps with the healthy return of Takkarist McKinley and now Marlon Davidson, the team can get back on the right track.