By Matthew Asher
The Falcons players did what players are expected to do during a bye week: get healthy and ready for the following week. Just five Falcons are listed on this week’s injury report and only one is listed as out.
Even better news for Falcons fans is the activation of Atlanta’s third year defensive end Corey Peters. Peters injured himself running during the offseason and was placed on the reserve/non- football injury list. To make space for Peters on the 53-man roster, Atlanta waived cornerback Terrance Johnson.
The lone player listed as out is wide receiver Harry Douglas (knee/ankle). He didn’t participate in any of the practices this week. For the season, Douglas has 16 catches for 149 yards with his best game coming against Oakland where he had 5 catches for 37 yards.
Guard Garrett Reynolds (back) is the only Atlanta player listed as questionable. He participated in all three practices this week, but was limited in all three of them.
That leaves three Falcons listed as probable for the game against Philly: Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (groin), tight end Michael Palmer (shoulder) and running back Antone Smith (hamstring). Both Babineaux and Palmer were limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday but fully participated on Friday.
Smith didn’t practice Wednesday, was limited on Thursday but also fully participated in practice on Friday. Smith has been out of the Atlanta lineup since he injured his hamstring October 7 against the Washington Redskins.
Just like the Falcons, the Eagles are relatively healthy. Unlike Atlanta, none of the players for Philadelphia are listed as out for Sunday’s game. Guard Danny Watkins (ankle) is listed as doubtful and was the only Eagles on the injury report to not participate in Friday’s practice. Rookie Dennis Kelly would replace Watkins if he can’t play.
Kelly typically practices as a right tackle but on Thursday he was told to get reps at right guard. Even if Watkins plays Sunday, Kelly is treating this week like he’ll be the starter. “Mentally, you try to prepare yourself to play, obviously,” Kelly said. “Then come Sunday if there’s times when you don’t get in, that can be a little draining. You’re excited, you’re pumped up and then you’re just there waiting in case something bad happens. But it does keep practices fun. Make sure you’re doing something productive, so I have no problems with it.”
Just one Eagle is listed as questionable: defensive end Philip Hunt (calf). However, like the rest of the Eagles on the injury report, Hunt was fully involved in practice Friday. The rest of the Eagles on the injury report are all listed as probable. They are safeties Nate Allen (hamstring), Colt Anderson (knee) and Kurt Coleman (shoulder) as well as long snapper Jon Dorenbos (ankle).
- 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.