The Falcons announced their official injury report on Thursday afternoon, giving us a few updates on the team’s health heading into their Week 2 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Mercifully, Atlanta seems to have escaped Week 1 with only minor injuries, and the majority of the team remains in good health. Here is Thursday’s practice report, per the team:
Thursday, September 17
- EDGE Dante Fowler (ankle)
- G Chris Lindstrom (thumb)
- WR Julio Jones (hamstring)
- LT Jake Matthews (knee)
- DT Marlon Davidson (knee)
- DT Deadrin Senat (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- CB Kendall Sheffield (foot)
- C Alex Mack (not injury related — rest)
- EDGE Charles Harris (ankle)
In good news for the team, Jake Matthews was upgraded from DNP on Wednesday to Limited on Thursday. That means his status for the game is probably not in jeopardy. For what it’s worth, Matthews was able to return and finish the game after sustaining his injury in Week 1. Rookie DT Marlon Davidson has logged back-to-back limited practices this week, which might be a positive sign for his Week 2 availability.
In less-positive news, it appears that CB Kendall Sheffield and EDGE Charles Harris are unlikely to return to play in Week 2. Both have logged two consecutive DNP statuses this week, and thus would be longshots to play on Sunday. Otherwise, the team continues to be cautious with Julio Jones’ hamstring, and gave Alex Mack a standard veteran day off on Thursday.
For the Cowboys, there were a few notable absences today. WR Amari Cooper, EDGE Aldon Smith, and LT Tyron Smith were all added to the injury report on Thursday after full participation on Wednesday. Cooper was limited with a foot injury, which could be something to watch as his media availability was scratched after practice. In more alarming news, both Aldon Smith and Tyron Smith were held out of practice entirely on Thursday. Aldon Smith is listed with “tooth”, so I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Tyron Smith, however, was listed with the “neck” designation, which could be more more concerning.
Keep an eye out for the final injury designations, which should come out on Friday afternoon.