Atlanta’s Streak May Be In Jeopardy Amid Key Injuries
By Matthew Asher
Atlanta might be some trouble as they hope to extend their winning streak to eight games this Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys come to the Georgia Dome. Two starters for the Falcons, one on offense and one on defense are listed as out for the Week 9 matchup.
On the defensive side, Atlanta will have to do without Sean Weatherspoon (ankle). Like all three Falcons listed as out for this game, Spoon didn’t participate in practice at all this week. On the offensive side, starting right guard Garrett Reynolds (back) and backup wide receiver Kevin Cone (hamstring and groin) are also listed as out for the game.
While the loss at linebacker is a serious one, Atlanta shouldn’t be worried about filling in for their starting guard. Rookie Peter Konz already started last week against Philly for Reynolds will now be making his second start of the season.
Four Falcons are listed as probable for the game. They are kicker Matt Bryant (back), wide receivers Roddy White (back), Harry Douglas (knee/ankle) and Drew Davis (hamstring) were all able to fully participate in Friday’s practice.
The final two Falcons on the injury report are listed as questionable: defensive tackles Vance Walker (illness) and Jonathan Babineaux (knee). Walker didn’t participate in any practices this week while Babineaux was limited all three days of practice.
The Dallas Cowboys have 10 players listed on the injury report with five of them listed as out for the game. Those five players are linebacker Dan Connor (neck), running back DeMarco Murray (foot), center Phil Costa (ankle), safety Matt Johnson (hamstring) and defensive lineman Sean Lissemore (ankle). All five Cowboys did not participate in practice this week. Connor will be replaced by Joe Hawley, who started 12 games last season.
Of the remaining five Cowboys, two are listed as questionable: starting wide receiver Dez Bryant (hip) and backup wide receiver Kevin Ogletree (hamstring). Ogletree didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was able to participate Friday in limited action.
Bryant injured his hip last week against the New York Giants during the final minute of the game. Bryant didn’t participate in practice at all this week. “My hip’s bothering me a little bit, but I don’t think it’s going to stop me from playing Sunday,” Bryant said. “I’m ready.”
If Bryant doesn’t play this week, then the Falcons secondary should have a much easier time containing Tony Romo’s passing attack. Rather than worrying about two good receivers, cornerback Asante Samuel and company would only have to focus their efforts on Miles Austin for the game.
The final three Cowboys on the injury list are probable: backup wide receiver Dwayne Harris (neck), running back Felix Jones (knee) and defensive end Jason Hatcher (shin). Harris and Hatcher were able to fully participate in Friday’s practice while Jones was limited throughout the week.
- 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.