Atlanta’s Julio Jones Has Huge Opportunity Against Redskins Secondary
By Matthew Asher
With nine players listed on the Falcon’s injury report, Atlanta should consider themselves lucky since only one player is listed as out for the game against Washington.
Tight End Michael Palmer (Shoulder) didn’t participate in any practices this week and last last week will not play. Since Atlanta has Tony Gonzalez and does not worry if they need backup Tommy Gallarda to come in for a twin tight end formation.
Three Falcons are listed as questionable: center Todd McClure (pectoral), safety William Moore (hip) and running back Lousaka Polite (hamstring) all had limited practice reps on Friday.
The other five Falcons are all listed as probable. The defensive players are defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (groin) and cornerback Chris Owens (head). The offensive players are wide receiver Julio Jones (hand) and running back Antone Smith (hamstring). All five of these players were fully active in Friday’s practice.
For Jones, this is the second week in a row with the hand injury, specifically a right hand laceration. According to Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, the injury to Jones’ hand is why the Sophomore wide receiver receiver had only one catch last week against Carolina. Now with another week of his hand recovering, Jones has no excuses for another sub-par performance against Washington, the second worst passing defense in the league which last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed two receivers to gain 100 receiving yards..
While Nicholas is also on the injury list for the second week in a row, that’s not a bad sign. Last week Nicholas not only played against Carolina, but he was the team leader with eight tackles, six of them solo.
Washington may only have eight players on the injury report, but two of them are listed as out. These two players are cornerback Cedric Griffin (hamstring) and safety Brandon Meriweather (knee). Neither men practiced during the week.
The news gets worse for the Redskins. Starting wide receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) one of the more reliable receivers for Washington is listed as possible but the health of the wide receiver corps for Washington continues to dwindle. Brandon Banks (hip) and Aldrick Robinson (head) are also listed as probable. All three receivers were fully involved in practice participation.
Former Atlanta Falcon cornerback DeAngelo Hall (illness) is listed as probable and did not participate in practice. Tackle Trent Williams (knee) was involved fully in practice and is the final Redskin classified as probable. The final injury spot for Washington is running back Evan Royster (knee) who was limited in practice and is listed as questionable. .
Fortunately with the majority of the injuries not being key components of their respective teams, fans watching the game should be in for an offensive barn burner type of game. Kickoff is 1pm Eastern Time at Washington’s Fed Ex Field.
- Probable: a 75% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
- Questionable: a 50% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
- Doubtful: a 25% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
- Out: there is no chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
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Matthew Asher is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta sports related. His work can be found on Examiner.com.