The Atlanta Falcons have been dealing with injuries this season, as they seem to do every season of late. Although the injuries aren’t the sole reason for the 0-4 start, they definitely aren’t helping a team that is allowing 30+ in each of the first four games. Against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, the Falcons sustained three crucial injuries, the most devastating being to safety Damontae Kazee who is out of the season with an torn Achilles.
On Wednesday, the Falcons released their practice report giving us insight into where certain players are at health-wise as the team turns it’s attention to a week 5 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.
- TE Jaeden Graham (shoulder)
- K Younghoe Koo (groin)
- S Keanu Neal (hamstring)
- WR Calvin Ridley (thigh/knee)
- S Ricardo Allen (elbow)
- LB Foye Oluokun (oblique)
- DT Marlon Davidson (knee)
- DT Grady Jarrett (hip)
- DE Takk McKinley (groin)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- WR Julio Jones (hamstring)
- S Jaylinn Hawkins (concussion)
Let’s look at the bad news, which isn’t really news because we’ve known this to be the case. Julio Jones will be out a while, it sounds like out this week at the minimum. Jaylinn Hawkins who played well on Monday night before leaving with a concussion will be out until he’s cleared to return. Concussions are tough to predict a timeline for, but we wish him the best on his recovery.
The good news is that kicker Younghoe Koo was a full participant on Wednesday. He’s been dealing with a right groin injury, and could return sooner than expected. Elliott Fry stepped in for him on Monday night and went 1/1 on field goals but missed an extra point attempt. One thing to monitor throughout this week is Calvin Ridley who was held to 0 catches against the Packers. Last week leading up to the Monday night game, Ridley was dealing with an ankle injury. He’s now listed this week limited in practice with a thigh/knee injury.