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Falcons vs. Chiefs inactives: Alex Mack, Julio Jones not playing

The team will be without some key starters on Sunday.

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We are less than 30 minutes from kickoff as the Atlanta Falcons are on the road to face the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. With only two games remaining, the Falcons have a chance to finish strong in 2020 against some tough opponents, but if you’re rightfully concerned about draft position, you’d prefer not to see that.

Throughout the week, several Falcons players missed practice due to injuries, including Julio Jones who has been absent with a lingering hamstring injury. The team shortly ago released their inactives list, which leaves the team without a few of their starters on Sunday.

Falcons inactives:

  • WR Julio Jones
  • RB Qadree Ollison
  • CB Darqueze Dennard
  • LG James Carpenter
  • DT Deadrin Senat
  • DT Marlon Davidson
  • C Alex Mack

We knew on Friday that the team would be without Jones, James Carpenter and Alex Mack, who are all dealing with injuries. Mack popped up on the practice report with a concussion, which is difficult to predict a recovery timeline for. With only two games remaining, you hate to see Mack’s tenure in Atlanta possibly end this way.

The team will get a first-hand look at rookie center Matt Hennessy who will likely get some snaps today. Also, it appears Brandon Powell who was battling a foot injury and was designated as questionable will play. Undrafted rookie Chris Rowland was flexed to the roster, leaving many hoping we’d see him in the return game. Maybe we still will.

Chiefs inactives:

  • RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  • CB BoPete Keyes
  • CB Deandre Baker
  • LB Damien Wilson
  • OT Martinas Rankin
  • DE Tim Ward
  • DT Khalen Saunders

The biggest blow to the Chiefs is rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire being out. Edwards-Helaire is dealing with a high ankle sprain and strained hip, and with the team a shoe-in for the playoffs there’s no reason to rush him back into their lineup. Expect to see a lot of Le’Veon Bell.