It’s time to look, yet again, at the Atlanta Falcons injury report. It’s near the end of the season, so naturally there list of players is significantly longer than early in the season. Use this link here to read the official Falcons injury report.
Jonathan Babineaux, Tyson Clabo, Harry Douglas, and Chris Owens all saw limited practice snaps. I wouldn’t be too terribly concerned about them seeing practice snaps; they will probably fully practice by the end of the week, and will likely play against Detroit. Really, no true worries.
Three players did not practice today. Those players are Roddy White (knee), Cliff Matthews (hamstring), and William Moore (hamstring). White played last Sunday after barely practicing all week long, and did some really good things. He hasn’t missed a game in his career. If Matthews is out against Detroit, it’s not a huge deal either. He has really played sparingly, in a rotation, and hasn’t even played in several games. Not to sound callous, but it’s not a huge deal if he’s not ready for Saturday’s game.
The real question mark is strong safety William Moore. Moore has been outstanding all season long, and his last action was in the Falcons victory against New Orleans where he had two interceptions. Since then, he hasn’t practiced one bit, as far as I know. It’s a bit of a concern at this point. I don’t want to rush him back to practice too quickly and have him re-injure that hamstring. On the other hand, I’d like to have him back in time to make a difference int he playoffs, and if he hasn’t played in the last 4 or 5 games of the regular season, he probably shouldn’t be thrown into game-speed situations. The amount of time Moore has been out is becoming a bit of a problem for the Falcons, one that hopefully will be resolved shortly.
If Moore isn’t ready to go, safety Chris Hope will fill in for him. Hope had a great game against the Giants, primarily in run support.