clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Jake Matthews will play vs. Panthers after welcoming first child Thursday

Happily, Matthews is playing and got to head to Atlanta for the birth of his first child.

Atlanta Falcons v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Jake Matthews has only missed one regular season game in his entire career, and he’s well into his ninth season in Atlanta. That could have changed tonight, but apparently will not.

NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe reported earlier that Jake Matthews traveled back to Atlanta this morning for the birth of his first child. That’s an extremely understandable reason to head home, but it did mean that there was some uncertainty around whether he’d make it back to Charlotte in time for tonight’s 8:15 kickoff between the Falcons and Panthers.

It sounds like that won’t be the case, however. Per Wolfe, Arthur Blank is picking Matthews up himself from Gainesville and taking him to Charlotte, meaning Matthews will be in his customary spot starting at left tackle. That’s great news for the Falcons, and it means Matthews got to be there for a day you can’t put on hold and can’t repeat. Congratulations to Jake and Meggi Matthews!

An earlier bit of the story follows below.

If Matthews isn’t there, Atlanta Falcons reporter Tori McElhaney notes that Atlanta will have two entirely new starters at left tackle and left guard. Colby Gossett is drawing the start tonight with both Elijah Wilkinson and Matt Hennessy on injured reserve, and that would leave either Chuma Edoga or Germain Ifedi to draw the start at left tackle. Ifedi is the more experienced player but has primarily played on the right side of the line, while Edoga did draw some starts at left tackle during his time with the Jets. Either way, on what’s expected to be a rainy and windy night in Charlotte, the state of the offensive line is a bit of a question mark at the moment.