Karma Catching Up With Falcons? The Injury List Might Concur
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By Matthew Asher
Sports and karma have a funny way of interacting. During the off-season the Atlanta Falcons released offensive tackle Tyson Clabo and didn’t re-sign defensive back Brent Grimes. Both men signed with the Miami Dolphins and are playing key roles in Miami’s 2-0 season.
Last week against the Colts Grimes came up with a key fourth-quarter interception to hold onto the win over Indianapolis. Clabo may not be in the headlines but he has played in all of the 134 offensive snaps the Dolphins have had. Now the Dolphins finally get their first home game of the season and guess who they host? The Atlanta Falcons.
Here’s where karma kicks in. Brent Grimes was released from the team because he had been injury-plagued the last two seasons, missing all of the 2012 campaign and a portion of the 2011 season as well. One of the reasons that Miami has such a good chance to beat Atlanta is because of all the injuries that are now plaguing the Falcons, specifically over the past two days.
Just two days removed from their Week 2 win over St. Louis, four new Atlanta Falcons have been added to the injury list. On Monday, the announcement came that Kroy Biermann (torn right Achilles tendon) and fullback Bradie Ewing (separated left shoulder) would be placed on the injured reserved list with season-ending injuries.
On Tuesday the bad news continued with the news that Sean Weatherspoon (foot) would be placed on the injured reserve-designated list. Weatherspoon should be able to return as early as Week 11. Also on Tuesday it was announced that Steven Jackson is expected to be out two to four weeks, and will definitely miss the upcoming Miami game.
But not all is lost in Atlanta. One of the more surprising offseason roster moves was the Falcons retaining six running backs to their roster rather than the usual five. With two of Atlanta’s running backs already announced as out for the game against Miami, this is turning out to be a much smarter move than originally thought.
The Week 4 unofficial depth chart is looking a lot different from the Week 1 depth chart. In the past two days alone undrafted rookie Joplo Bartu will start at weakside linebacker in place of Weatherspoon, second-year Jonathan Massaquoi is scheduled to start in place of Biermann, practice squad member Patrick DiMarco will fill in for Ewing and Jacquizz Rodgers will step in for Jackson.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 ET.
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.