Injuries will play a major role in Week 3 for the Atlanta Falcons.
So far, the 2020 Atlanta Falcons season has been nothing more than a repeating record – over and over and over. That trend looks like it will continue this Sunday.
Week 2 was like a nightmare for a lot of teams and players, the Falcons were no exception. Player after player left games last Sunday with injuries that will keep them out weeks, if not the rest of the season. While no Atlanta Falcons player has been put on season-ending IR and no one is officially out this week (yet), some guys should just sit.
The biggest name that could be out this week is Julio Jones. Julio has missed just three games since the start of the 2015 season but he hasn’t practiced all week. At 31, it would behoove the Falcons to sideline Julio until he is 100 percent.
Yes, 70 percent Julio is still better than most of the receivers in the league but there is no point in forcing Julio to take the field unless he can be 100 percent himself. If the league is all about safety for the players, this should be the requirement across the board.
Atlanta Falcons secondary will have to wait another week for help.
The Falcons have been without Kendall Shelfield so far and the secondary is paying the price. While he is not an All-Pro caliber player, he is better than what the Falcons have gotten from both Isaiah Oliver and Darqueze Dennard. The Falcons need him back badly. He hasn’t practiced yet this season and at 0-2 there is no rush to get back on the field, they should wait until he is 100 percent.
The biggest loss in Week 3 for that Atlanta Falcons could be both Takk McKinley and Dante Fowler. The defensive line has been a huge bright spot this season. Neither Russell Wilson nor Dak Prescott were able to sit back and pick the defense apart, they had to make plays on the run and unfortunately the secondary allowed them to.
Neither of them has practiced this week.
The Falcons are hopeful that they will get rookie Marlon Davidson on the field for the first time in 2020. One of Davidson’s best assets is his versatility – he can play inside and out and would be very useful this week should Takk and Fowler both be out.
The Falcons official injury report for Sunday should be out Friday afternoon.