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Falcons rule out three starters for Week 14 matchup against Buccaneers

Injuries are taking their toll on the Falcons heading into a critical matchup.

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons are getting pummeled by injuries at a bad time, as they’re facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for control of the NFC South on Sunday. They’ll have to earn that victory down a handful of starters.

That’s because today we learned that Kaleb McGary is out, meaning Storm Norton has to step in at right tackle. We also learned that Nate Landman is out, meaning Andre Smith Jr. is the next man up. We also learned the team will be without David Onyemta and LaCale London, who was designated to return from injured reserve and is working his way back, meaning a heavy dose of Kentavius Street, Ta’Quon Graham, Albert Huggins, and possibly infrequently used players like Joe Gaziano and Travis Bell. They’re hurting, and that’s not even including questionable players like A.J. Terrell, Drew Dalman, and Jeff Okudah.

The Buccaneers are a little short-handed, as well, as Vita Vea may not play Sunday and they’re down both talented defensive back Jamel Dean and linebacker Devin White. Still, this is a far cry from the last time these two teams met, when the Falcons had zero injury designations and the Buccaneers were pretty close to completely healthy themselves.

This only bolsters my belief that we might be heading for a high-scoring game between these two teams—again, by their standards, so mid-to-upper 20s—and the Falcons will have to win the turnover battle to come away with a badly needed seventh win of the season. Let’s hope they can dig deep enough to do so.

Here is the fully list of injury designations for Friday.

Atlanta Falcons

Full Participation

  • WR Mack Hollins QUESTIONABLE
  • CB A.J. Terrell QUESTIONABLE
  • CB Mike Hughes QUESTIONABLE
  • DT LaCale London OUT

Limited Participation

  • C Drew Dalman QUESTIONABLE
  • CB Jeff Okudah QUESTIONABLE

Did Not Practice

  • T Kaleb McGary OUT
  • DT David Onyemata OUT
  • ILB Nate Landman OUT

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Full Participation

  • LB K.J. Britt QUESTIONABLE
  • G Cody Mauch
  • T Tristan Wirfs
  • C Robert Hainsey
  • WR Chris Godwin
  • LB SirVoccea Dennis
  • OLB Lavonte David
  • DB Josh Hayes

Limited Participation

• DT Vita Vea (foot) QUESTIONABLE

Did Not Practice

  • DT Vita Vea QUESTIONABLE
  • LB Devin White OUT
  • DB Jamel Dean OUT