It’s Friday which means it’s time for the most important practice report of the week. Friday’s report always gives us the best insight into the health status of players as it’s the final practice of the week, and injury designations are announced. We’ve been monitoring the health of both the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints all week, and there’s some notable players who will be absent on Sunday.
You can expect to see the injury reports here every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, except for when the Falcons play on Thursday night.
- WR Russell Gage (groin)
- DL Jonathan Bullard (concussion) OUT
- WR Calvin Ridley (personal) OUT
- CB Marshon Lattimore (hand)
- RB Dwayne Washington (neck)
- QB Taysom Hill (concussion)
- OT Terron Armstead (groin)
- DE Payton Turner (calf) QUESTIONABLE
- S Malcom Jenkins (knee) QUESTIONABLE
- RB Ty Montgomery (hamstring) OUT
- DE Carl Granderson (shoulder) OUT
- QB Jameis Winston (knee) OUT
The good news for the Falcons offensive attack is Russell Gage is ready to roll against the Saints. Gage had no targets in last Sunday’s loss against the Carolina Panthers, although it’s unclear how much the groin injury factored into that. With Calvin Ridley ruled out for Sunday due to personal reasons, Gage will be expected to play a larger role in the offense, along with Tajae Sharpe and players like Olamide Zaccheaus and Hayden Hurst.
Jonathan Bullard is the other Falcons player ruled out for Sunday’s game. Bullard remains in the league’s concussion protocol which has caused him to miss practice all week. The Falcons will miss him against the Saints, as he had some good moments as a run defender a week ago.
Although the Saints injury report remains the same as Thursday’s, they do have some injury designations listed. Ruled out for Sunday against the Falcons are Jameis Winston, Carl Granderson and Ty Montgomery. Winston has yet to be placed on the team’s injured reserve list, but he’s definitely out for the rest of the season. A name to watch heading into Sunday is safety Malcolm Jenkins who remained limited on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 9. Although Taysom Hill will play on Sunday, it’s been announced that Trevor Siemian will start at quarterback for the Saints.