The inactives are in for the Falcons and Dolphins, and Miami looks a little worse for wear after the announcements.
The Falcons are down their punt returner, but the Dolphins are missing a pair of starters on offense, and can ill afford that given that their offense has not exactly been a strength to this point. Let’s look at the full lists.
15 QB Feleipe Franks
20 CB Kendall Sheffield
35 CB Avery Williams
48 LB Dorian Etheridge
50 DL John Cominsky
88 WR Frank Darby
98 DL Mike Pennel
There are no major surprises here. Franks won’t be working a little bit of wildcat magic this week, but will likely be back in the mix for playing time down the line. Sheffield is a mild surprise given that the team’s cornerback depth is depleted, but he’s still working his way back after an extended stint on injured reserve, and we knew Williams would miss the game due to injury.
Etheridge is taking a backseat to new signing Daren Bates for the week, Cominsky is down because Jacob Tuioti-Mariner is up, Pennel isn’t going to be utilized against a so-so Miami ground game, and Darby is still looking for his first real game action and will have to wait one more week.
The Falcons flexed Bates, James Vaughters and Chris Williamson to the roster this week, so all three of them will play.
The Dolphins are down their starting center and one of their top receivers, which makes the sledding even tougher for them this week. This Falcons defense should be able to take advantage of Mancz’s absence on the interior of that line, while not having Parker is a blow to Tua Tagovailoa and a passing game that Dolphins fans have slammed as way too conservative in the early going.
There’s your inactives for both teams. Go Falcons!