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By Matthew Asher

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: Members of the Atlanta Falcons take the field before the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Georgia Dome on September 15, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Credit, Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Another week for the Falcons as the injury list continuing to increase. This week a total of nine Falcons are listed in the injury report, but the news is actually worse than that. These nine players do not include the ones who have been placed on IR for the season.

Unlike the previous weeks where players were listed as questionable or even doubtful, starters at defensive end Kroy Biermann (torn right Achilles tendon) and fullback Bradie Ewing (separated left shoulder) have been placed on the injured reserved list with season-ending injuries. On Atlanta’s current depth chart, Jonathan Massaquoi and Patrick DiMarco are filling in for Biermann and Ewing, respectively.

In addition to Biermann and Ewing, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot) has been placed on the the injured reserve-designated list, meaning Week 11 is the earliest time he could return. Also injured in the game was running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) after scoring his first Falcons touchdown. He is listed as out and is not expected back for several weeks.

One other Falcon is listed as out for the game against Miami. Left tackle Sam Baker (knee/foot) did not participate in any of the practices this week. Ryan Schraeder is Baker’s backup so expect him to fill the role on Sunday.

Jonathan Babineaux made his first appearance on the injury report Friday when he did not participate in practice. However, it is listed as non injury related and is not given a game status yet. However, since he wasn’t listed either Wednesday or Thursday, he should be available on Sunday.

Two Falcons are listed as probable. Linebacker Akeem Dent (shoulder) and center Peter Konz (knee) both had an identical week regarding their ability to practice. Both men were limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday but were able to fully participate on Friday. Expect them to be able to play this Sunday.

The final four Falcons on the injury report are all listed as questionable, with half being on offense and the other half on defense. Yet again wide receivers Julio Jones (knee) and Roddy White (ankle) ended up on the list. Jones was limited in practice all three days, but especially if White is out for the game expect Jones to be playing if nothing more than a decoy. White was unable to practice on Wednesday and was limited both Thursday and Friday. If either Jones or White cannot suit up, Harry Douglas and Drew Davis may be called upon again.

On the defensive side, cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) and defensive end Cliff Matthews (neck) are the final two Falcons listed. Matthews was limited in practice all three days. He’s currently listed as Massaquoi’s backup so if he can’t play, third-string Malliciah Goodman would have the job. Samuel did not practice either Wednesday or Thursday but was limited on Friday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05pm EST on Sunday at SunLife Stadium. #RiseUp

Questionable:
Julio Jones (knee)
Cliff Matthews (neck)
Asante Samuel (thigh)
Roddy White (ankle)

Probable:
Akeem Dent (shoulder)
Peter Konz (knee)

Out:
Sam Baker (knee/foot)
Steven Jackson (hamstring)

For reference:

  • 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

For more Falcons news and updates, visit Falcons Central.

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.

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