By Matthew Asher
Three games remain in the regular season. With Atlanta still in the driver’s seat regarding Playoff seeding, it’s nice to see that this deep into the season, so few Falcons are on this week’s injury report.
Last week just four Falcons were listed. While the report isn’t that good, it certainly isn’t bad. Ask any coach if they would be content with seven players on the injury report in Week 15 and the consensus would probably be a definite “Yes.”
Three Falcons are listed as probable for the Giants game: tackle Sam Baker (hand), guard Justin Blalock (elbow) and cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder). All three Falcons were able to fully participate in Friday’s practice. All three were limited in practice on Wednesday, but by Thursday, Asante was the only one still limited in practice.
While Samuel is listed as probable for this game, this is by no means a guarantee that he will play this week. Last week Asante suited up and was on the 46-man roster, but didn’t play a single snap. Earlier in the week Coach Smith explained that unless last week turned into an emergency situation, Asante wasn’t going to play against Carolina.
“We determined that if we had to play him because we lost players and were down in DB’s he would’ve gone in and played,” Smitty said. “We did not want to go into the game on our 46-man roster and only have seven DB’s dressed…We felt like it was in our best interest for that game and the games going forward that Asante not play in the ballgame.”
While these players are all listed as questionable, it appears as though both Moore and White should more likely be listed as doubtful since neither one was able to participate in any of the practices this week. Both Douglass and Babineaux were limited in practice Thursday and Friday. However Douglas was able to practice on Wednesday while Babineaux did not participate on Wednesday.
The injury bug appears to have hit the Giants much harder than the Falcons this week. While only nine Giants are listed on the report, four players are out for Sunday’s game: cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot) and safeties Kenny Phillips (knee) and Tyler Sash (hamstring). All four of these men didn’t participate in practice.
Linebacker Michael Boley (back) is the only New York player listed as questionable this week. Boley was limited in practice this week. The final four Giants are all listed as probable: center David Baas (shoulder), tight end Travis Beckum (knee), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back). Of these four Giants, Nicks is the only one who was limited in practice. Baas, Beckum and Pierre-Paul were all able to fully participate in practice this week.
Kickoff is at 1pm EST at the Georgia Dome.
- 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.