The Falcons announced their official injury report on Wednesday afternoon, giving us a few updates on the team’s health heading into their Week 3 matchup with the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, Atlanta sustained multiple injuries in this past weekends game against the Dallas Cowboys, although none are thought to be multi-week injuries.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t a worrying number of players who need to get healthy between now and Sunday, however.
Here is the Wednesday, September 23 practice report, per the team:
- DE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (knee)
- TE Luke Stocker (hip)
- DT Marlon Davidson (knee)
- DE Charles Harris (ankle)
- DT Tyeler Davison (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- CB Kendall Sheffield (foot)
- WR Julio Jones (hamstring)
- S Damontae Kazee (hip)
- S Ricardo Allen (elbow)
- LB Foye Oluokun (hamstring)
- DE Dante Fowler Jr. (ankle)
- T Jake Matthews (knee)
- T Kaleb McGary (knee)
- DE Takk McKinley (groin)
There is some good news, as it looks like rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson and defensive end Charles Harris might be inching closer to making their 2020 debuts. It is worth noting that last Wednesday Davidson was also limited, but hopefully he can play and make an impact against the Bears. Ditto Harris, who should be part of the defensive end rotation and can hopefully help out after Steven Means and Allen Bailey played a lot without a lot of pass rushing success last weekend.
That’s where the good news ends. Julio Jones is dealing with a hamstring injury that was aggravated during last week’s game. The team appears to be monitoring it throughout the rest of the week, so it’s likely he may be held out of practice in the coming days. He may end up being a gametime decision, with Christian Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus in line for bigger roles if he can’t go. Jake Matthews is still dealing with a knee injury he sustained in Week 1, but he did miss practice last Wednesday and played Week 2. Kaleb McGary is the only player we more or less know is expected to be out against the Bears, with Matt Gono anticipated to be the starter at right tackle.
At the present time, it’s too early to panic on who will and who won’t be available Sunday against the Bears. The team should release their final injury designations on Friday afternoon, and then we’ll know more.